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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Fascinating local history

Nice exhibits and exhibit spaces in an excellent location. The local maritime history comes to life... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Very interest

You need a couple of hours to do this place justice. It's quite locally orientated and displays... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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...more
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113 Harbor Way Ste 190, at the Santa Babara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2344
+1 805-962-8404
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All reviews treasure hunt oil spill fourth floor interactive exhibits on display deep sea diving all ages great exhibits observation deck couple of hours great place to visit interesting history channel islands two hours gift shop lighthouse periscope
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice exhibits and exhibit spaces in an excellent location. The local maritime history comes to life here and there's a sweet children's area. All within the Santa Barbara Harbor area near beaches, bike paths, restaurants and SBCC.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You need a couple of hours to do this place justice. It's quite locally orientated and displays include past fires and the famous oil spill that led to much of the current legislation on solution.There are superb model ships, things about fish and fishing, photos...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank UKTurkeyTrotter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spend a couple hours in here and see some very interesting and eye opening exhibits. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here, and found the gentleman at the front desk to be pleasant and enjoyable to visit with.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tuba4You
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My favorite parts of the museum was the fishing simulator, the tattoo simulator and the periscope with an amazing view of the surrounding area. If you go, make sure to go to the 4th floor. We didn't know it was part of the museum until...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Carol C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a wonderful museum. We love to travel and every place has a museum, some good some not so. This is one that IS a must see if you are into knowing about the local community, their past, present and future. They had some much...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jon P
Reviewed 16 October 2018

We are the sort of people who like museums - we like to sped time reading those placards and explanations. This one has a scattering of exhibits - everything from a replica of the ocean going canoes of the tribes who lived in the area...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kenneth G
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Nice little museum at harbor that addresses history of Channel Islands and Santa Barbara harbor area. Artifact from early Indians the Chumash and petroleum products that are native to the area. History abounds and lots on hands on exhibits and great views from top of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

Full of interesting history of shipping along the local coast, and the exhibits are displayed in a building with an interior that is fun to explore and makes you feel as though you are on board a ship. The docents were helpful and informative. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank gunterdiana
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Anyone in Sta Barbara and walking toward the breakwater should know about the local marine setting. This is the place, not too big, with a variety of informational details, you learn about the local maritime history.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Anabel-2013
Reviewed 25 August 2018

My 11-year-old daughter is into museums lately, so we are happy to oblige. She wanted to check out the Maritime Museum, and it was wonderful! There was a kid scavenger hunt (brilliant) and the displays and history were really outstanding. We only had a few...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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30 March 2016|
Response from maritimemuseum | Property representative |
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