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“Great little museum!”

California Surf Museum
Ranked #7 of 78 things to do in Oceanside
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Founded in 1986, the California Surf Museum mission is to preserve surfing heritage. The museum hosts a variety of cultural events from book signings to lectures, to movie nights to concerts. But the museum is most known for the wonderful rotating exhibits about surf and skateboard culture, art, and history. The whole family is welcome and you don't have to surf or skateboard to enjoy the museum.The California Surf Museum has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, the BBC, the American Pickers "California Dreamin'", Hawaiian Airlines commercial, PBS "Getting Away Together" and many more. Don't miss the outdoor Secret Spot and Bethany Hamilton's surfboard while you are here. Also, shop the Museum Store for unique gifts and souvenirs. Joining as a member is a great way to get involved in volunteer opportunities and to support the museum on an annual basis. Hope to see you soon!
Reviewed June 27, 2012

An unexpected find with much of interest even to us as non surfers - we spent an hour here and felt the entrance fee was good value. The small onsite shop produced several interesting souvenirs.

Thank George A
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Reviewed June 15, 2012 via mobile

This was a really neat museum with lots of great history. They even had Bethany Hamiltons surf board from the day of the attack on display. Worth the $5 admission!

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Reviewed May 20, 2012

Lots of surfing/skating history and paraphenalia. Guides are very knowledgable and enjoy talking "surf" history. Fun place to visit.

Thank Deedee1234567
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

If you visit on Tuesday, it's a fabulous deal as it is free. You can go through the museum very quickly, since it is small. They have some interesting displays, and it is worth the visit even if you go on a day other than Tuesday. Worth the cost of admission.

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Reviewed April 19, 2012

Has a lot of interesting things there. Interesting even to non surfers.

Thank Linda G
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