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“Unique!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of California Surf Museum

California Surf Museum
Ranked #7 of 59 things to do in Oceanside
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 exhibits about surf and skateboard culture, art, and history. The whole family is welcome and you don't have to surf or skateboard to enjoy the museum.The California Surf Museum has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, the BBC, the American Pickers "California Dreamin'", Hawaiian Airlines commercial, PBS "Getting Away Together" and many more. Don't miss the outdoor Secret Spot and Bethany Hamilton's surfboard while you are here. Also, shop the Museum Store for unique gifts and souvenirs. Joining as a member is a great way to get involved in volunteer opportunities and to support the museum on an annual basis. Hope to see you soon!
Chicago
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Unique!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

Great little museum with wonderful staff. Bethany Hamilton's surf board is on display and after seeing the movie about her, it was interesting to see her board in person. The only unfortunate thing is there is no photography in the museum.

Visited February 2012
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San Diego, California
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“don't miss it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

fun and you will learn a lot. Great photos and amazing surf boards. A real treat.

Visited February 2012
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Oceanside, California
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lots to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

The California Surf Museum is great. They are in new digs and they have done a great job with their displays. Definitely recommend.

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Modesto, California
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Hang Ten”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

Being rised on the beach and surfing San Diego Beaches some 40+ years ago it is great to see the great History of Surfing! Very informitive staff and well worth the price. Take a short walk form the resort to the Surf Museum and out the Pier and you have a great family outing with out ever getting in your car!

Visited January 2012
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Kansas
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Best part was seeing Bethany Hamilton's surfboard!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

Was just disappointed that we weren't allowed to take photos. We're from Kansas, so was looking forward to sharing surf photos with friends back home.

Visited June 2011
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