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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

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Address: 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, at the Santa Babara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone Number: +1 805-962-8404
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Description: Located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara...
Located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum contains exciting & educational exhibits set inside of nearly 8,000 square feet of Museum space. The Maritime Museum also offers a wide range of educational programs including docent tours, and Tall Ship tours. Admission also includes a series of films shown daily in our large screen, high-definition Munger Theater. Fun for the whole family!
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Interesting museum

Admission was 2 for 1 with a trolley ticket so cost was $7 for two of us. Museum is large on 2 floors and covers maritime history of Santa Barbara with a focus on diving, whaling... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2014
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Admission was 2 for 1 with a trolley ticket so cost was $7 for two of us. Museum is large on 2 floors and covers maritime history of Santa Barbara with a focus on diving, whaling and the development of the wharf. Good value for at least an hour's visit..

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New Mexico
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54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This museum was much better than we expected. A highlight was watching an hour and a half movie about Santa Barbara. We learned so much about the history of the area. Be sure to check the film schedule as soon as you arrive, so not to miss this. We enjoyed a delicious lunch nearby as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We attended an afternoon/evening reception here and it was such an interesting departure from the usual hotel reception venues. It is right on the water and the displays were incredible. For history and maritime buffs, this is a great place to spend some time. I would definitely return to spend more time looking at the displays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We recently hosted an intimate cocktail party for loyal supporters of Transition House (a homeless prevention shelter, housing and training program to benefit families with children). The room and balcony overlooking the harbor is beautiful and the evening was clear and breezy. The staff was very helpful and welcoming. It is a unique spot which provides guests a very special... More 

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Camarillo, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

If you have youngsters with an interest in the oceans, the museum offers many many chances to broaden and deepen their enthusiasm. Touching sea otter fur, models, working periscope, videos, a fishing station simulator, so many we'll conceived displays. Check it out!

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Edinburgh
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We were late getting there in afternoon so they let us in for half price. Very interesting lots of info and exhibits Worth the visit

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Boston
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Great spot, kid friendly, very high quality, small museum. Treasure Hunt and prize for kids keeps them interested! Good combo of interactive exhibits and older historical ones.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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37 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed this museum and were surprised at its coverage. It covered early Santa Barbara and its trading, the Chumash and their contributions, Point Conception with stories about its previous Keepers, disasters at sea, and had a full range of diving helmets and suits. Upstairs it had a neat periscope trained on the ocean outside the... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I was expecting a small, out of date and very limited museum. What I got was a fabulous and wonderful small museum which had a great display. Wide variety of material on display from an incredible collection of early diving gear including multiple rate helmets to Important local and historic shipwrecks; even an interesting video on surfing. I have no... More 

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Pasadena, California
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23 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

My husband and I walked from State St. to the Harbor. (about 20 minutes) We ended up at the Maritime Museum. There are plenty of interesting objects, and you can learn more about the history and geography of the area. It is probably more interesting to adults than kids. They have some really neat objects, and some really extremely outdated... More 

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