Sea Glass Museum

Sea Glass Museum, Fort Bragg: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Sea Glass Museum Reviews: 4/5

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.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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VillagerRick
The Villages, FL701 contributions
Short Visit
Apr 2021 • Couples
This is in a repurposed downtown building with many occupants. He has apparently reworked the shop so you enter through the museum, and exit via the gift shop. The museum has a very nice representation of the various colors of glass once found on the beach. The sizes of glass represented in the cases are larger than what you will likely find if searching today. The gift shop had a number of souvenirs made with sea glass, but we did not find anything we couldn’t live without. The proprietor is an interesting fellow, and we enjoyed our interaction with him.
Written May 1, 2021
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BeeKind2all
Coquille, OR332 contributions
Closed until further notice
Feb 2021 • Couples
Museum is closed, but a virtual tour is available online. It is housed in a cool old building in downtown Fort Bragg, that would be a fun place to revisit when Covid is under control. Coffee shop and other eateries inside the building are open.
Written February 14, 2021
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I re-opened the museum in the first week of April. It is open every day from 10 - 5 unless I have an appointment. I currently expect to be closed April 25 after 2PM, April 26, May 5 after 3 PM,May 10 and May 11.
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Hugo929
Los Angeles, CA53 contributions
Worth a visit
Aug 2020
For anyone interested in sea glass, this is a must. It is an educational experience, with the story of beach glass and the process leading to its formation. One can view the multiple colors and shapes and appreciate the most unusual ones. Nowadays most glass in the beaches is white, brown or green, there were many more colors in the past. Also an appeal to leave the glass in the beach so that others will enjoy it in the future. (We saw a woman with a shovel and a bucket taking glass home.)
Written August 30, 2020
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Grace Carr L
SF Bay Area305 contributions
Did not appeal to us
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.
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NArienne
San Jose, CA14 contributions
Interesting
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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Norm Travels
Tifton, GA346 contributions
BRILLIANT
Jul 2019
This place is really worth visiting .. they guy who runs it is a wealth of information and the display is amazing
Written December 2, 2019
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Bobbi C
11 contributions
Really knowledgeable and helpful!
Nov 2019 • Solo
I had gone to Glass Beach earlier that day and had been disappointed that I couldn’t find the area famous for beach combing and finding sea glass. I don't feel dumb though, because everybody else there was just as perplexed as I was. Disappointed, I headed to the Sea Glass Museum, where I had planned to go anyway. If you like sea glass, do not skip going here! The exhibits of sea glass are amazing, and there are a lot of very nice books on the subject as well. Turns out that the owner is Capt. Cass Forrington, an EXPERT! He has authored a book that is very informative with lovely pictures. He was extremely helpful. He informed me I had visited at high tide. He persuaded me to go back in the afternoon at low tide. He gave me explicit directions and when I went back, it was right there just as he said. It is a shame that the sea glass is not as abundant as it once was, but there was plenty for tourists like me to appreciate. Families were climbing on the tide
pools and having a wonderful time. Unlike what you read, Capt. Forrington insisted it was legal to pick up the sea glass (just not by the shovel-ful.) He is a crusader for the replenishment of the Glass Beach. Do not miss going to his museum and learning from him!
Written November 26, 2019
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jrohrer1957
Walnut Creek, CA10 contributions
Interesting place to see what nature does to trash
Sep 2019
We have been here a couple of times. A must is to talk to the Captain who runs the museum. He makes the jewelry and he is very knowledgeable about glass beach.
Written October 9, 2019
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parodyqueen
Colorado Springs204 contributions
Small but interesting
Sep 2019
The owner was really a great guy. Very knowledgeable and had super photographs on the wall. Has examples of every color of sea glass and pottery and where they would typically have come from. Free tide chart newspapers there as well. No charge, but suggested donation. Worth it!.
Written September 23, 2019
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Ellen226
Dover, OH17 contributions
Nice place
Oct 2018
Great place to visit and free too. Just a donation. It’s a very small place but easy to get too. Right on highway one just before you go into Ft Bragg.
Written September 9, 2019
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