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California Surf Museum

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Address: 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054-2525
Phone Number: +1 760-721-6876
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Founded in 1986, the California Surf Museum mission is to preserve surfing...

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!

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Always awesome exhibits

This place always has something cool to check out. Wether it's women on waves or a tribute to the 1966 World Longboard Championships. On point with all of their facts and history... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place always has something cool to check out. Wether it's women on waves or a tribute to the 1966 World Longboard Championships. On point with all of their facts and history. These people live and breathe surf history! Attended their gala event for the 1966 Wolrd Championships won by Nat Young. Such a fun event, got to hang and... More 

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Thank prosurftravel
Ontario, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Stopped in at the California visitor center. They suggested we head over to Mission and check out the shopping and the pier. We decided to check out this small and dated surf museum. It's mostly old school.

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Thank Debbie E
Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

You are struck by the openness of this museum right when you walk in. Expect to see and learn surf. Great displays, graphics but easy to understand eplanations and stories

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Thank 101BikeGuy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

I know little to nothing about surfing, so this was very interesting to see so many great displays about surfing history, as well as so many cool surfboards on display. I would imagine it's even more interesting to a surfing afficinado! Displays even include the actual surfboard that Bethany Hamilton was on when attacked by a tiger shark and lost... More 

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Thank Mons1989
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This is a small museum that only takes half up to an hour to go through. Great pictures, boards and stuff from the past and all the way todays almost skateboard acrobatic moves.The board that Bethany Hamilton rode when she was attacked by a shark that bit off her arm in 2003 is there. It has a large shark bite.... More 

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Thank Peter T
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Awesome little museum. Takes a short time, but it's got everything surfer. I loved it Especially the historical authentic ones

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Thank PoseyJo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I have never been too interested in surfing but this exceeded my expectations. The museum is within walking distance from the Oceanside Pier. The displays are great and the videos of actual surfers performing their art are awe inspiring.

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Thank Jeanie G
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Not being a surfer, only married to one with multiple friends and family who love the sport, this was not at the top of my lists of places to go. I had this opportunity recently, as I was helping my friend furnish a vacation home on the coast in Oceanside. On a hunt for some authentic and local items we... More 

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Thank Teresa S
Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

We live in Iowa, about as far away from the ocean as you can get. Still we found this museum a highlight of our trip to California. It's definitely worth a trip for anyone. We came to Oceanside from Los Angeles, after stopping off at San Juan Capistrano. The museum was easy to find (about three blocks north of the... More 

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Thank dmbia
Khartoum, Sudan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Nice little museum with great surf history. Takes you back in time with photos and history. Nice way to get out of the sun for an hour.

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