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Review of Sea Glass Museum

Sea Glass Museum
Ranked #6 of 39 things to do in Fort Bragg
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Fort Bragg, CA, has the highest concentration of sea glass in the world. Founded by Capt. Cass Forrington, a retired former deep sea captain, who scours Fort Bragg’s three world famous glass beaches for their rare and beautiful treasures, the Sea Glass Museum is the world’s largest permanent sea glass display with over 3,000 artifacts on display. The Sea Glass Museum is one of the most popular and beautiful attractions on the Mendocino coast and is a must see for children of all ages! Even grumpy faces leave the museum smiling. Be sure to stop in before visiting the beaches to get directions to the best sea glass locations, not only in Fort Bragg, but all along the Mendocino coast.
Reviewed March 30, 2014

There are many samples of sea glass, much to learn from the curator and video loop. The jewelry is lovely, but terribly over-priced.

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Having heard so much about sea glass, the museum was a let down. It's exhibits just did not show the glass as any thing special, other than the story about them.

Their jewelry was seemed overpriced ever though I did buy a necklace for my Sweet Thing (who knew it was over priced and really liked it.) Oh, well.

1  Thank FlaBoy35
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

This is a small little museum that looks like it's attached to a family home. They have sea glass jewelry for sale and some informative displays. One of the displays is a video showing the history of the town and how the sea glass came into being. My wife and I spent about 30 minutes exploring this place.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

... But worth the stop. Spend 30 minutes and educate yourself on the history of Fort Bragg and how we (as a civilization) used to deal with our trash. Everything that couldn't be reused, re-worked, or naturally decayed was put in these huge trash piles to be burned. Three major collection sites up and down the coast were used from approximately the turn of the century to 1940, then 1940-1960, and 1960 until the practice of burning trashed stopped. Each of these "slag piles" has eroded and seeded the beaches and oceans with a plethora of metamorphosed glass, pottery, ceramics, and metal. The Sea Glass Museum hosts the private collection of Capt. Cass Forrington, who has scoured the Fort Bragg/Mendo coast by foot and by kayak looking for unusual specimens. His collection has everything from turn of the century Chinese ceramics to uranium oxide hued glass (yes radioactive). Capt. Cass also has a map of the best beaches to go on your own treasure hunts. I didn't mind throwing a few bucks in the donation bucket because it's obvious that this guy loves what he does and really wants to educate the public about the phenomenon that is Sea Glass.

4  Thank SacValleyGirl
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

If you are even mildly interested in sea glass, this is the place for you! The two gentlemen who work here are friendly, funny and a genuine pleasure to talk to.

You will learn so much, not only about the sea glass found locally, but about the history of sea glass and how it is formed. The display cases are filled with gems unearthed primarily by "The Captain" who runs the museum.

I bought a sweatshirt, a tee-shirt, a mug, a bunch of postcards, and a book about sea glass. Everything is holding up beautifully. There are also many handcrafted pieces of jewelry for sale, which are lovely. (I make my own, or I'd have purchased some.)

Well done, men! I hope your museum lasts for generations to come!

2  Thank Danean
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