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“Great place for kids”

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
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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 July 14, 2013

Found this place by accident it is not well advertised. Worth a visit and they do a quiz for kids which keeps them interested in the exhibits.

Thank Les D
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

The two-story museum doesn't seem very big, but they have a bunch of great displays packed into that space. Very cool section on diving helmets, showing the evolution of the technology. The area dedicated to surfing could be bigger, but still informative. There's a beautiful board on display with an abalone motif. The environmental exhibit was good - with a section describing the huge oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969. The museum far exceeded my expectations.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

If you love things nautical, you'll find your way to the Santa Barbara Harbor anyway. Do yourself a favor and check out this place with its excellent displays and an elevator to the observation deck that affords you the best view in Santa Barbara!

Thank Umbeijo
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Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

A lot of interesting things, if you have a lot of time in Santa Barbara and want to explore the whole nautical thing then check it out!

Thank CreoleCole
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of this museum, particularly given how much time we have spent in the area and didn't know it existed. The displays were interesting and covered a range of social, historical and scientific topics related to oceans and the coast. I learned quite a bit I had not learned elsewhere. There is a large room on the second floor that shows films, and there was a particularly interesting one on the Titanic. We enjoyed our visit immensely and would go back again. It's conveniently located near restaurants and the harbor, so we took a break and ate lunch and then went back to look at more in the museum.

Thank Sbird_Hiker
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