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California Surf Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A cute little museum ... that most would enjoy for nearly an hour

You'll love the real surf board with shark bite ... the real deal ... but some exhibits are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Surf Museum is small but Interesting, Great Gift Shop!

If you are into surfing this is a very cool place to visit, especially during the surfing... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
Oceanside, 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 2 weeks ago

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.

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

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

Thank DDB51
Reviewed 17 April 2018

It is a very interesting museum, right downtown. I highly recommend it. They currently have a China Beach exhibit.

Thank 164dawnd
Reviewed 27 February 2018

The museum is very nicely done. Neat, clean and informative. Viet Nam exhibit was very interesting and presented a side of the war I didn't know existed!

Thank JSKazoo
Reviewed 18 January 2018

A super cool museum that had a lot packed into a small area. Surfboards through the ages, body surfing info and becoming informed on how surfing was such a refuge for our boys during the Viet Nam war. A must do in Oceanside!

1  Thank 13SSS
Reviewed 25 December 2017

This is a little Oceanside treat and it is near Bubble tea. It is easy to get to and parking all around. It is only $5 for adults and free on the first Tuesday of the month and there are military discounts. The museum has...More

Thank Keith A
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Had friends in town and decided to stop in. It was amazing and so cool to see surfing throughout the years. My mom and dad surfed in the '60's so it was really fun to see the old stuff!

Thank CareyBerry
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We were already enjoying this little surfing museum as it's well laid out and well labeled, but it went from good to a highlight of our trip in just a few minutes! We were only about a third of the way through when we were...More

1  Thank Dromomaniac
Reviewed 8 August 2017

CA culture has been shaped by the surf culture and this is THE only surf museum where you can go to go see it. It is not a large place but full of history and explanations for those not deeply embedded in surf culture.

Thank JamesJOceanside_CA
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