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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

113 Harbor Way Ste 190, at the Santa Babara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
+1 805-962-8404
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Somewhat disorganized, but totally enjoyable

We happened to have lunch next to the museum and afterwards, everyone said yes ... let's go... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AK_Steve_AK
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Pleasant surprise!

We bought a Groupon because we were looking to do something new. Our experience was lovely. We... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
alvakare
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Los Angeles, California
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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!
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“treasure hunt” (5 reviews)
“fourth floor” (7 reviews)
“on display” (10 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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113 Harbor Way Ste 190, at the Santa Babara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We happened to have lunch next to the museum and afterwards, everyone said yes ... let's go. There's a lot of local history to be learned at the museum. Most was well organized and high quality. But the other 20 or 30 percent seemed to...More

Thank AK_Steve_AK
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We bought a Groupon because we were looking to do something new. Our experience was lovely. We learned about Santa Barbara’s maritime history and enjoyed the view of the bay via their 3rd floor terrace. We spent about 1 hour in the museum. We later...More

Thank alvakare
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

We loved walking into the Harbor from our motel almost every day. This museum was a great find there. We were able to use a 2 for 1 admission but it was worth the price of two admissions! So many displays about the history of...More

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

I was very surprised at how much was in this place. Lots to read but also a lot of neat things to see and hands on exhibits. I would definitely go back.

Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

The exhibits in the museum document the maritime history of the area from the original peoples through the present. Nicely arranged with some good interactive exhibits. The staff were excellent and several of the checked with us to see how well we were enjoying our...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018

First floor has interesting history exhibits of early Santa Barbara, early maritime, and early commercial diving. Our daughter enjoyed the deep sea fishing hands on display. Upstairs we loved the surfing exhibit, then sat down and watched the movie for a break off our feet....More

Thank Lee T
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

A little gem of a museum, great exhibits on aspects of maritime history in the Santa Barbara area. I loved the colour of the First-Order Fresnel Lens which came from Point Conception Lighthouse. Wouldn’t want to clean those lenses though! Exhibits for kids (of all...More

Thank hornbeamVal
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Reviewed 26 December 2017

Our scout troop recently visited this museum as part of the patrol challenge scavenger hunt. We had no idea that we would end up spending an hour here because both the scouts and the leaders were so interested in each display. We found a deep...More

Thank Megan E
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Loved this first time visit here and was pleasantly surprised at the rich history of Santa Barbara. Did not realize the impact of the Indians from here or the seafaring and underwater milestones developed here.

Thank Stanley S
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

great museum, lots of local history from the bombing of elwood through all of the surfing and marine science this is a must see if you want to learn a bit more about santa barbara and the channel island area

Thank Bart N
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Thank you for your interest in visiting our museum. Here are the costs for various age groups: Adults (18-64) $8 Senior (65+) $5 Students w/ ID $5 Youth (6-17... More
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