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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

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Love this tiny museum in old light house. It has a sweet collection of surfing artifacts, including... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Santa Cruz, California
An interesting museum with a great view

We made a trip out here during a visit to San Jose and it was worth the trip. The drive itself was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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For more than a hundred years, Santa Cruz has been a hot spot for hard-core surfers. This museum tells their stories through photographs, surfboards and other related items.
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West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-420-6289
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Reviewed yesterday

Love this tiny museum in old light house. It has a sweet collection of surfing artifacts, including shark bitten wetsuits and surf boards. It stands at the famous Steamer Lane,well known in professional surfing. If the waves are up, check out the surfing.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bducati
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a trip out here during a visit to San Jose and it was worth the trip. The drive itself was nice and the museum was great too. Even if you have never surfed you will find this little museum interesting. Admission is free...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mark951
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Santa Cruz surf museum is small but very interesting. It’s located inside a lighthouse that sits up on a cliff so the 360 degree view is amazing. Once inside there are plenty of photographs and stories to read to learn about the history of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Caroline L
Reviewed 14 November 2018

The museum itself won't take long. But it provides a good brief overview of surfing both on the local scale and historically on a broader scale. Lots of good visuals and mini-stories. All in a quaint setting in a lighthouse like structure set on a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RonB473
Reviewed 2 November 2018

This is a super informative and nostalgic museum. Small, only takes about 20-30 minutes to go thru. Very cool old photos and boards on display. I also recomend going just outside of museum and view the locals surfing!!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Laura M
Reviewed 24 October 2018

Well laid out in a cute little light house building. Lots of people taking photos of the surfers in the ocean below, it's great to see.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cathy S
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

This is definitely a must do. It isn’t very big so it doesn’t take long to go through. It is a great history of the sport and is nicely done. The location is wonderful. When we were there we saw surfers right outside off the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank skpetrimoulx
Reviewed 3 October 2018

The museum is inside Santa Cruz Lighthouse; a sturdy little Lighthouse and local icon, not far from the surfer's statue in tribute to all who ride the waves and in memorial to those who rode their last one. It's a small but very worthy museum,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sayyestolife
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Any surfer traveling through town should stop off here at least once in their life. There is an interesting map of all local shark attacks which is interesting, though rarely updated.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank David H
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

While riding bikes along the bike path to Natural Bridges beach we stopped in at the surf museum. Loved reading about the surf history and culture and admiring all the vintage boards and photos. Each photo had a caption with a ton of history about...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Gina M
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