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California Surf Museum

312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054-2525
+1 760-721-6876
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just dropped in

Had no idea this was here. It's a very interesting place. Doesn't' take too much time to... read more

Reviewed April 27, 2016
Oceanside, California
Fun and Educational

This is a fun way to kill a little time. The museum has a quite a collection of history on the... read more

Reviewed April 20, 2016
Lisa G
Vista, 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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312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054-2525
+1 760-721-6876
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Reviewed April 27, 2016

Had no idea this was here. It's a very interesting place. Doesn't' take too much time to explore. Must see.

Thank dulovi
Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is a fun way to kill a little time. The museum has a quite a collection of history on the surf culture of California. It's a self guided tour, so you can go at your own pace

Thank Lisa G
Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

If you are a surfer, the spouse of one, or grew up in the 60's in So Cal, you will really enjoy this treasure. It covers some surf history and stories, and includes a lot of surfboards. It is small so it can't cover everything....More

Thank jcmorden
Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

I grew up surfing during the era when the break was not crowded, the surfers not territorial, & long boards were the norm. Spent many hours in and around Santa Cruz & Doheny & as often as possible BAJA ( in the 90's & lately)...More

Thank Fdelidude
Reviewed April 1, 2016

We were given a wonderful tour complete with stories of the surfing days in the 60s and 70s. Kids under 12 are free and my daughter was pleased to see the surfboard from Bethany Hamilton. There are amazing pictures, many kinds of surfboards and knowledgeable...More

Thank heathermark97
Reviewed March 20, 2016

We enjoyed this small museum. It had been featured on a local TV program a few weeks before our weekend in Oceanside, or we would not have known of it. Lots of surfboards and beautiful pictures of big waves. Fun reading about the early history...More

Thank Sammi's Mom
Reviewed March 12, 2016

The history of surfing was here! If you're at all interested to know more about the development of the sport and surfboards go here for sure, The tour guide was awesome - Cramer Jackson has wonderful anecdotes, facts, and fun personal stories that bring the...More

Thank Gregory G
Reviewed March 3, 2016

If you like surfing (even if you don't surf) you will find this museum interesting. They have some permanent displays as well as visiting ones. Currently there is a display regarding riding the Big Waves which was quite interesting. Another visiting one is about Bethany...More

Thank joksc
Reviewed February 12, 2016

Well worth 45mins of your life whether you're a surfer or not. You'll learn stuff, be visually enthralled at the craftsmanship, & woodworking. Learn where the expression "the Big Kahuna" came from.

Thank Andres H
Reviewed February 8, 2016

We visited this gem on a weekday morning. We were the only patrons there at that time and we had all the time we wanted to read the information at each exhibit and watch the videos of surfing history. This museum has so many surfboards...More

Thank OhSugarrush
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