California Surf Museum

California Surf Museum, Oceanside: Hours, Address, California Surf Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

California Surf Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Jeff C
Phoenix, AZ26 contributions
Cool Surf History
Feb 2021 • Friends
Came through downtown Oceanside and checked out the history of surfing. Really a worthwhile stop for people who are in the area interested in learning more about surfing. Thanks to Tom for the stories about surfing on the visit.
Written February 26, 2021
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Judy C
77 contributions
Great place to visit
Jan 2021 • Couples
We stop by the California Surf Museum when we are in town, enjoy saying hi to Gabe who is one of the workers there. Like the little shop area also, love buying in this little shop. If you have not been you must go, it is a great place to visit and revisit like we do.
Written February 5, 2021
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Patti W
Renton, WA670 contributions
learn something new everyday
Feb 2020
I thought no better time to actually learn something about surfing since I'd been enjoying watching surfers at nearby beach. This museum is just a few blocks from the Oceanside pier. Senior entrance free is only $3. Its a small museum space that is well laid out with interesting exhibits of showing progression of surf boards from the traditional to boards to those fitted for any style of traveling on or through a wave. There is a wonderful video and visual display of NON traditional surfers, Very interesting exhibit about data collection along CA coast of sea conditions, showing how wind, temperature and tides contribute to predicting best time to hit the surf. I learned so much. The docents are very enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge.
Written February 23, 2020
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Daydream766988
Avalon, CA2 contributions
Great little museum
Feb 2020 • Couples
Well worth seeing. History of boards, surfing, and surfers. There was also a nice exhibit featuring Bethany Hamilton, the inspirational surfer who survived a shark attack and kept surfing.

And they play cool surf music!

The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. They are eager to answer questions and provide information.

Fun gift shop, too.
Written February 20, 2020
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101BikeGuy
Oceanside, CA53 contributions
Great tribute to the surf culture
Dec 2019
Evert time I visit this Museum I am impressed by how well the exhibits tell a story, often untold. Worth the effort if your in the area.
Written January 7, 2020
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Ann S
Baltimore, MD11 contributions
Worth a Visit!
Nov 2019
We really enjoyed learning about the history of surfing and especially, enjoyed learning about adaptive surfing- everyone can surf. What a great inclusive message. We also liked the Vintage Hawaiian Shirts, what a clever idea. The price is right and it can take 30 minutes to an hour. Great organization!
Written December 1, 2019
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Dave
9 contributions
Totally awesome..must see!
Nov 2019 • Solo
I happen to be walking from the pier and happened to find this really cool surfing mueseum.They guy that ran the place was a long time surfer and was doing a tour of the mueseum for some special need kids.The tour was far more interesting then I thought and learn a lot.The exhibit with Brittany Hamilton was very informative..the girl who lost her arm by a shark and went onto win the surfing championship 3 years later.They even had her board with a section missing from the attack and her bathing suit.The self guide tour isn't very long ..check it out!!!
Written November 14, 2019
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Cheryl T
Fullerton, CA10 contributions
Learn about the history of Surfing
Sep 2019
We were in Oceanside for the U.S. Adaptive Surfing Championship. They mentioned the California Surf Museum many times over the course of the surfing event. We walked past the museum many times to and from the beach, and finally a group of 6 or 7 of us went in and spent about 40 minutes looking at the exhibits and carefully reading the stories that went with each item. The museum is small and well curated with surfboards, videos and a lot of interesting surf paraphernalia and history. Our group were participants in the surfing competition and really enjoyed the museum. Very glad that we went.
Written October 16, 2019
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LowtideLowlife
Milton, DE54 contributions
Cool spot to learn about the History of Surf
Sep 2019
Pretty cool museum. All kinds of boards and tidbits of info to get lost in. Nice to see the interest in currating the stories it takes to tell the story.
Written October 2, 2019
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veliac
los angeles54 contributions
Lovely Museum
Aug 2019 • Couples
Stopped in by chance and was pleasantly surprised about how informative this Museum is. Thoroughly enjoyed this small venue and will bring friends on next visit.
Written August 19, 2019
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California Surf Museum is open:
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Wed 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM