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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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Historical Santa Barbara

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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tiburon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Small, and with a lot of local history and model Ground floor has large exhibits, 2nd floor a lot of pictures. Very well maintained and clean. Great store about the US Nave and the 7 ships that ran aground and some sank on a foggy day. 2-3 hours and you have seen it all.

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Nor Cal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This small museum is right on the waterfront. It has many displays about surfing, old Santa Barbara history, and more.

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Paso Robles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

This museum is small but full of interesting displays and local historical information. The location is fantastic and access is easy.

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Vista Ca.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

What they had was good, lots of history. Liked the videos of oceanography. The equipment used, but there was not a whole lot.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

Recently I accompanied a group of international college-level students to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. We were warmly greeted and encouraged to explore the museum’s exhibits. Tattoo & Scrimshaw Art is the current featured exhibit. The students enjoyed getting realistic (but temporary) tattoos created with a light beam. One can choose from 4 different artistic tattoo designs, then sit down... More 

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

Thank you for the great, and well thought out, review! Greg Gorga Executive Director SB Maritime Museum More 

Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

The Maritime museum has something for everyone! Great kids display, art, and nautical! Interactive and educational....from the early Chumash to the local activities in the harbor with the seafood industry and local pleasure boats. Don't miss the museum store!

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Oxnard, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I visited the museum for the light from the lighthouse that is on display. It is so amazing and worth the visit. Of course there is much, much more to see while you are there.

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