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“Worth the fee”

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Ranked #23 of 178 things to do in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed April 23, 2013

This is a small but nice museum. My son greatly enjoyed it. Very good history of this great area. You can go to the top deck for free so most folks skip the museum and just use the look out but the museum is worth a look. Not for small kids.

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Very interesting and educational. Found this by accident when we were looking for a restuarant. Really enjoyed our walk thru.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Good history of the area - there is a good collection here but nothing that really caught my eye. The way everything is presented is a bit cluttered and there is lots to read. Most enjoyable - the interactive boat driving game on the second floor.

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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Visiting seaside villages is a favorite pastime. The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is not only clean and well designed, but it is always maintained with up to date information and history of this bewitching seaside community. Drenched in maritime history, it is a must see for anyone interested in a sweeping study of the Central Coast of California.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Interesting sections on the oil spill, surfing, and the Honda Disaster. (Not part of the museum -Go to the top floor of the building for the view.) You could definitely spend several hours here. Also walk the pier and take in the views from there. We saw several pods of dophins. We just happened to pick up some vacation type booklet that had a buy one get one free ticket coupon. So look around for those things before you go.

Thank Avelave
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