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“Not a surfer but still interesting.”

California Surf Museum
Ranked #7 of 64 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!
Oro Valley, Arizona
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Not a surfer but still interesting.”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

Shows the history of surfing with displays of boards, etc. If you are a fan of American Pickers, you must go.
Free admission on Tuesdays!

Visited July 2012
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Oceanside, California
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

I love the Oceanside Surf Museum. It is very interesting and they change it constantly so there is something new to see every time you go. This is a must see in Oceanside.

Visited May 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fun stop while walking around town”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

We stopped by one afternoon and spent an hour or so looking around learning about the evolution of surfing and skateboards. The display on Bethany Hamilton is really something.

Visited June 2012
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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195 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Great little museum!”
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.

Visited May 2012
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not a surfer but this was great!”
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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