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California Surf Museum

312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054-2525
+1 760-721-6876
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Surf Museum is small but Interesting, Great Gift Shop!

If you are into surfing this is a very cool place to visit, especially during the surfing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
L B
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Oceanside, California
Well done and informative

The museum was featuring a Vietnam War surfing exhibit. My husband and I are of the era and have... read more

Reviewed June 2, 2018
DDB51
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Poway, California
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Founded in 1986, the California Surf Museum mission is to preserve surfing heritage. The museum hosts a variety of cultural events from book signings to lectures, to movie nights to concerts. But the museum is most known for the wonderful rotating exhibits about surf and skateboard culture, art, and history. The whole family is welcome and you don't have to surf or skateboard to enjoy the museum.The California Surf Museum has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, the BBC, the American Pickers "California Dreamin'", Hawaiian Airlines commercial, PBS "Getting Away Together" and many more. Don't miss the outdoor Secret Spot and Bethany Hamilton's surfboard while you are here. Also, shop the Museum Store for unique gifts and souvenirs. Joining as a member is a great way to get involved in volunteer opportunities and to support the museum on an annual basis. Hope to see you soon!
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“china beach” (4 reviews)
“gift shop” (13 reviews)
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312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054-2525
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are into surfing this is a very cool place to visit, especially during the surfing competitions held annually at Oceanside Pier. I stopped in and was quite surprised by the interesting history of surfing exhibits and really loved the gift shop which had...More

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Reviewed June 2, 2018

The museum was featuring a Vietnam War surfing exhibit. My husband and I are of the era and have visited Vietnam. So we stopped in. The museum is small and authentic. Low key and informative. My husband surfs and enjoyed the Pipeline exhibit as did...More

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Reviewed April 17, 2018

It is a very interesting museum, right downtown. I highly recommend it. They currently have a China Beach exhibit.

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Reviewed February 26, 2018

The museum is very nicely done. Neat, clean and informative. Viet Nam exhibit was very interesting and presented a side of the war I didn't know existed!

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Reviewed January 18, 2018

A super cool museum that had a lot packed into a small area. Surfboards through the ages, body surfing info and becoming informed on how surfing was such a refuge for our boys during the Viet Nam war. A must do in Oceanside!

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Reviewed December 24, 2017

This is a little Oceanside treat and it is near Bubble tea. It is easy to get to and parking all around. It is only $5 for adults and free on the first Tuesday of the month and there are military discounts. The museum has...More

Thank Keith A
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Reviewed October 13, 2017

Had friends in town and decided to stop in. It was amazing and so cool to see surfing throughout the years. My mom and dad surfed in the '60's so it was really fun to see the old stuff!

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Reviewed August 12, 2017

We were already enjoying this little surfing museum as it's well laid out and well labeled, but it went from good to a highlight of our trip in just a few minutes! We were only about a third of the way through when we were...More

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Reviewed August 7, 2017

CA culture has been shaped by the surf culture and this is THE only surf museum where you can go to go see it. It is not a large place but full of history and explanations for those not deeply embedded in surf culture.

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Reviewed July 17, 2017

We wandered into the California Surf Museum today and were pleasantly surprised to find such a well done exhibit on China Beach and the healing power of wave riding. The staff was so kind and knowledgable and the entire experience was very enjoyable. If you...More

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