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Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

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Address: 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, CA 92672-7502
Phone Number: 19493880313
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Surf and it's history

Take a trip back to the time of the Beach Boys , Big Wednesday , and Gidget. Well displayed art and surfboards , maybe not for the novice. Great surf memoribilia.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2016
Patrick M
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San Clemente Ca, United States
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San Clemente Ca, United States
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Take a trip back to the time of the Beach Boys , Big Wednesday , and Gidget. Well displayed art and surfboards , maybe not for the novice. Great surf memoribilia.

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Thank Patrick M
BarryHaun, Creative Director/Curator at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words, we're in the process of adding to our exhibits, thereby telling more of the whole story of surfing as well as having the best collection of historic surfboards. More 

california
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

If you surf or have an interest in surfing this museum is for you. An amazing collection of surfboards and other surfing related items await your visit. Friendly staff, nice location, you will not be disappointed.

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BarryHaun, Creative Director/Curator at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit, thanks for the kind words! More 

San Clemente, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Great board displays. Rotating surf shows, shapers, art shows, music and more. Friendly staff, minimal donation to enter.

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BarryHaun, Curator/Creative Director at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your support and kind words, we all love what we do here and are glad you appreciate it as well! More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The San Clemente Surf Museum has an amazing collection of surf boards that represent many decades of surfing. Each has an informative bit about when, who and how the board was used. There is also a changing exhibit that includes some type of multi-media and pictures and accompanying reading material. We came on a drizzly, cloudy day and at first... More 

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BarryHaun, Curator and Creative Director at Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our museum, we're glad you had an enjoyable and informative experience. We're currently working on adding more of the other items associated with surfing such as trunks, wetsuits, leashes, skateboards, movie posters, etc. as well as providing multi-media screens to make the exhibits more interactive. We've also added the ability for our audience to purchase classic... More 

Cottonwood, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

Fascinating history of surfing and it's evolution from 100# redwood boards to about the 1970's. Nice T-shirt for $10 too.

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United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

An amazing walk through the history of surf. Great displays and artifacts. This would be an excellent venue for anyone doing a work outing or social mixer.

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Thank dfacgolf
Wildomar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

My brother and I have surfed since the sixties and really enjoyed the care and effort put into this exhibit. We spent a good part of the afternoon at the culture center and sincerely enjoyed the look into the past.

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Corona del Mar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

Great variety of all types of boards. Best surfing museum in the nation. Wonderful events held at the facility. Kudos to the staff and volunteers that have made the museum such a success!

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Dead Rock, Montucky
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I did not anticipate much before visiting this museum, but as a surfer and sometime appreciator of surf history, legend, and lore I lived this place… it has just the right amount of history and interpretation and just the right amount of stoke! What a beautiful collection of boards and memorabilia… I hope this place continues to grow and garner... More 

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Carramar
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Having only looked at the San Clemente Pier and touring the local pubs, I had to fit a bit of cultural experience into my visit. I only had time for a 10 minute visit but was able to enjoy the chronological display of surfboards and the asymmetrical board displays! Very neat building and good placards on each display :)

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