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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
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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Great for Kids - Big and Small!

I wasn't sure about how my kids would like this museum, but my mother in law wanted to take them, so we did. She was so right! My youngest had a great time trying on fish and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were supposed to get a free admission as part of our Santa Barbara trolley tour. Unfortunately, the trolley tour people didn't tell us that the Maritime Museum was closed on Wednesdays! Before warned!

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maritimemuseum, General Manager at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, responded to this review

I am so sorry you were not told we are closed Wednesdays. We need one day a week to clean and work on exhibits. I hope you will join us again soon. You can always check our website at sbmm.org and look at the calendar tfor Museum closures and early closes. Greg Gorga Executive Director Santa Barbara Maritime Museum More 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't sure about how my kids would like this museum, but my mother in law wanted to take them, so we did. She was so right! My youngest had a great time trying on fish and shark costumes, while my husband and older daughter "fished" and completed a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt was key to the enjoyment of... More 

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maritimemuseum, General Manager at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. I hope you will visit us again soon. Greg Gorga SBMM Executive Director More 

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

There are many wonderful exhibits and attractions for visitors to the wharf area--Easy to see with amazing educational features and programs throughout the year. Lots of historic explanations of sailing ships, and great voyages. Movie theater offers several films to add to the sense being at sea in great adventures.

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Thank Michele J
maritimemuseum, General Manager at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. I hope you can visit us again soon. Greg Gorga SBMM Executive Director More 

Glendale, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

This is one tour we were a little disappointed in. Of course we are not boat/ship people and that was probably our problem. There were some exhibits that were interesting to us but they were few and far between. Please understand I'm an Airline Transport Pilot and my wife was a Lab Tech. in the U.S. Airforce. Neither of us... More 

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Indio, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

You should take the time to walk through the museum. It's inexpensive and gives you some great historic insights into the area. Parts of it feel sort of stuck on but over all, it's worth an hour. There are bars and restaurants in the same building with a great view of the marina. There is a tourist viewing area on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The pier is still the place to take your kids and relatives who need a little bit of fresh air and multigenerational gentle exercise. The museum is a fabulous addition to the pier. It is everything you want to know about the animals in the water under the pier, with touching opportunities at children level

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Thank Malinda P
maritimemuseum, Front Office Manager at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Hi Malinda, Thanks for your input! Unfortunately, it sounds like you were actually at the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf (the pier). The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is located on the Santa Barbara Harbor, which is about a quarter of a mile away from the pier. We're sure the Sea Center would love to have your review! SBMM More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Interesting history of the area with well explained artifacts. Enjoyed learning about the area and looking at the items on display. Right next to the harbor.

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Ojai, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

Stopped in and was captivated by the great exhibits. Went up to rooftop and was amazed at the beautiful view of the harbor and hillsides. Docent was very informative and helpful.

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Lincoln, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

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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Thank LyzIsTriping
maritimemuseum, General Manager at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Hi, While I appreciate the great review, sounds like you actually visited the Santa Barbara Sea Center, not the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Come visit us sometime. Greg More 

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