Sea Glass Museum
Sea Glass Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Fort Bragg, CA, has the highest concentration of sea glass in the world. Founded by Capt. Cass Forrington, a retired former deep sea captain, who scours Fort Bragg’s three world famous glass beaches for their rare and beautiful treasures, the Sea Glass Museum is the world’s largest permanent sea glass display with over 3,000 artifacts on display. The Sea Glass Museum is one of the most popular and beautiful attractions on the Mendocino coast and is a must see for children of all ages! Even grumpy faces leave the museum smiling. Be sure to stop in before visiting the beaches to get directions to the best sea glass locations, not only in Fort Bragg, but all along the Mendocino coast.
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4.0 of 5 bubbles323 reviews
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Grace Carr L
SF Bay Area372 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
After being disappointed in the lack of access to Glass Beach, we decided to visit Sea Glass Museum, which is heavily advertised in all the local business establishments. We were disappointed. The place is cramped and smells heavily of cigarette smoke. Clearly, sea glass is a passion of the owner - and he does not think much of the State Parks saying it's illegal to collect sea glass. There are a couple of videos looping in several of the rooms. It's an odd little place. We stayed for about 10 minutes.
Written January 7, 2020
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There are no smokers at the Sea Glass Museum. What you smelled was the landlord's cooking. His kitchen is adjacent to the museum. We do not support the lies of the City Council and Park Rangers saying it is illegal to collect the glass. It is not. This has already been adjudicated in our courts. They are trying to deprive people their rights "under color of law" which is a Federal offense in all states and a state law in TX, PA, and other states. We expect the truth from elected officials and law enforcement. Sorry you did not enjoy yourself like all the others who posted great reviews.
Written January 8, 2020
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Maryann L
Fair Oaks, CA1,353 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
If you are an avid collector of beach glass, this is a place you might enjoy. It is a small museum with cases of labeled colored glass and pottery fragments. The adjacent store has overpriced sea glass jewelry. It is free although donations are encouraged.
Written June 19, 2023
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Sandra B
St. Augustine, FL40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It was a little hard to find as it is one business inside a larger building with other enterprises and you have to go into the store then into the museum. They rely on donations so bring some cash with you. I really enjoyed the displays of all the different colors of glass and where they come from.
Written August 14, 2022
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Ramotorcycle
Spokane, WA14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
The “museum” is a modest single room (with a tiny black light room too) off a gift shop. The displays are largely glass scraps scavenged from the beaches (is that why Glass Beach is pretty picked over?). Decent descriptions of the different colors of glass adorn the showcases. Other things are for sale in the “museum.” The room has at least three TV monitors going, with the owner holding forth on different topics simultaneously on a variety of topics. The owner is less than friendly, and makes a big point about the donation box with the suggested donation. Seems to be some misinformation in various forms as well. If you want to know what different colors of glass came from, this is your place. If not, skip it.
Written September 8, 2022
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Fortunately the vast majority of visitors disagree with you. Very few give a poor review like you, with 234 giving a very good to excellent review, 57 average and only 30 below that. Most of the poor reviews come from people who missed the museum and only saw the gift shop.... I often wonder when I get one like yours, if you ever look to see what others have said......Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder....Sorry you didn't like what so many others love...
Written November 7, 2022
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63impala
Stoneham, MA1,254 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a nice humble museum dedicated to the varies kinds of sea glass that one might see out on the beaches. If yo uare into searching for sea glass, this is a nice place to spent an hour and see why certain glass is the way it is and what the source was. Places like this are an asset and should be enjoyed as such.
Written October 1, 2023
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sccrref
Tucson,Az1,713 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
As others have said small shop but good examples of all the colors of the glass plus how rare each color is. Dont need a lot of time but we enjoyed looking at the displays (all 4 60+). Price is right- make a donation. small but nice gift shop. Tips on how to find sea glass off the beaten path can be had.
Written July 30, 2021
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NArienne
San Jose, CA15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This is a small but interesting museum. The owner wasn’t very interested in chatting but we enjoyed looking around. He had a video playing that showed us where to go to see the best glass beach site. Without the video we would have never found it. My kids bought some gifts and some seed glass to replenish the beach. It was definitely worth a stop.
Written January 2, 2020
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Plantlady1960
Tiburon, CA3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
This "museum" is really an overpriced and tacky gift shop. The unfriendly guy who runs it smells like pot and sells bags of glass for ignorant tourists to litter the beaches with. Sure don't understand how he gets away with it.
Written October 1, 2014
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Michelle A
Houston, TX383 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
The 'museum' portion of this obvious gift shop was ok however when you go there you expect to be able to purchase a simple piece of sea glass. We can't take it from the Glass Beach so you should be able to stop here and get a small piece for a fee. Well, nope! All of the sea glass pieces are made into tacky jewelry that is overpriced and looks horrible! Not worth it.
Written August 20, 2013
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Llashem03
Boston, MA73 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
It's small, hot, "free" (but a suggested donation) and the guy working the counter was busy playing online poker.
Written August 16, 2013
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