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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

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Address: 113 Harbor Way Ste 190, at the Santa Babara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
Phone Number: +1 805-962-8404
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Located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara...

Located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum contains exciting & educational exhibits set inside of nearly 8,000 square feet of Museum space. The Maritime Museum also offers a wide range of educational programs including docent tours, and Tall Ship tours. Admission also includes a series of films shown daily in our large screen, high-definition Munger Theater. Fun for the whole family!

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WOW! Loaded with history of Santa Barbara's Maritime stories & exhibits.

Visitors get a real education into what the early settlers who arrived by ship dealt with while struggling to establish themselves in Santa Barbara.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Lincoln, California
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Lincoln, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visitors get a real education into what the early settlers who arrived by ship dealt with while struggling to establish themselves in Santa Barbara.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

the sweet little museum is a great stop with kids. they actually get to touch sharks and sea cucumbers and starfish.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A surprising amount of material on view. You can spend quite a long time there reading about the displays. Very interesting.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to the Museum many times, but have to back because it keeps getting better. Learn something new each time I go.Spend a few hours. It is located in the heart of the harbor. Best $8 you can spend.

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Hopkinsville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited to kill time waiting to board a Truth Aquatics live-aboard boat elsewhere in the marina. Was impressed with the diverse number of exhibits. A regional history buff would be well-served here. There's a modest theater playing documentary footage of regional history, such as that of Stern's Warf. Well worth the $8 admission. I spent quite awhile in the theater,... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

Who knew there was so much history in Santa Barbara! From the incredibly beautiful Fresnel lighthouse lens that is their newest exhibit, to the history of commercial diving, surfing, and Chumash history, this Museum has it all. They support the local community through their 5th grade "live the life of a sailor" program by spending the night on board a... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is a great local museum right on the harbor - Excellent! Beautiful displays and examples of marine artifacts from around the area, including the incredible lighthouse lens. Excellent!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

This was so much more than we thought it would be. Good for families with kids 7 or older. Learned a lot about maybe life in the area and ocean in general

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I'm a local person who has visited this museum many times. For those who enjoy maritime history this is a great stop. The museum offers sit down viewing of films, interactive experiences for younger children, and plenty of interesting maritime artifacts. We usually link our visit to this museum with a trip on the harbor boat, The Little Toot.

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LaPlace, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This is a nice little museum. It has exhibits on everything from local maritime history to scrimshaw to surfing. Several interactive exhibits like the periscope, pilot house and the tattoo artist. For the price you can take a quick look, or spend about an hour (or longer depending on how closely you read all the display tags or pilot the... More 

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