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California Surf Museum

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I was pleasantly surprised by the Surf Museum. I hadn’t really thought much of it before I went... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2018
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Nice Presentation

Friendly staff make you feel welcome. Docent Cramer give me a nice tour and taught me a lot about... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2018
Walnut Creek, California
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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...more
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312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054-2525
+1 760-721-6876
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Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised by the Surf Museum. I hadn’t really thought much of it before I went but thought it would be something different to see and I’m glad I did. Fun historical facts and some very cool exhibits made this museum an interesting...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 19 November 2018

Friendly staff make you feel welcome. Docent Cramer give me a nice tour and taught me a lot about surfing that I didn’t know. So much to see here. I grew up on the coast of California in the 60’s but never really learned to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

We visited the Surf Museum today and really enjoyed the exhibits. Until the end of the year they have a really fantastic exhibit of how surfing was such a healing experience for Vietnam vets both in Vietnam and returning home. They have a lot of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

My husband , I and our adult son who surfs visited this museum on a first Tuesday of the months - so only $1 admission per person. Since we grew up during the Vietnam war era and were in college, the special exhibit they had...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

I liked the California Surf Museum. Plenty of cool stuff and history of the sport. Learn about the pioneers of Calif. surfing. Surfing is now a huge industry, and this museum gives you perspective on the sport.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 19 October 2018

I went with our family visiting from AZ. We all enjoyed seeing the old items. The grand-kids were learning how to surf... this was very inspirational for them... and now they too are part of the SoCal surfing history.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Julee S
Reviewed 14 October 2018

A very nice museum. I left here very much wanting to grab a board and try surfing myself!! Many articles to read, and surfing videos to watch.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 9 September 2018

You'll love the real surf board with shark bite ... the real deal ... but some exhibits are directed more at surf nerds ... a great place to learn about the history of surfing and some interesting factoids that will amaze your friend and neighbors.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank onetravelman
Reviewed 11 July 2018

If you are into surfing this is a very cool place to visit, especially during the surfing competitions held annually at Oceanside Pier. I stopped in and was quite surprised by the interesting history of surfing exhibits and really loved the gift shop which had...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank L B
Reviewed 3 June 2018

The museum was featuring a Vietnam War surfing exhibit. My husband and I are of the era and have visited Vietnam. So we stopped in. The museum is small and authentic. Low key and informative. My husband surfs and enjoyed the Pipeline exhibit as did...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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