Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara

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Military Museum · Hidden Gem · Children’s Museum
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Creating quality exhibits and educational experiences that celebrate the Santa Barbara Channel and illuminate our rich connections with the sea.

Home of the Point Conception First Order Fresnel Lens.
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  • A good maritime museum with an excellent rooftop deck view. It depends on your interest how much time you wish to spend here, but still interesting to tour. Admission price is reasonable and has a... 
    A good maritime museum with an excellent rooftop deck view. It depends on your interest how much time you wish to spend here, but still interesting to tour. Admission price is reasonable and has a...  more »
  • An Amazing Maritime Museum with Exhibits on Par with both the Los Angeles and San Diego Maritime Museums. Reasonable Admission Costs with Exhibits on Deep Sea Diving, Abalone, Point Conception... 
    An Amazing Maritime Museum with Exhibits on Par with both the Los Angeles and San Diego Maritime Museums. Reasonable Admission Costs with Exhibits on Deep Sea Diving, Abalone, Point Conception...  more »
  • Interesting place. Cost is $5 a senior. Only took maybe half hour to walk through but was interesting. I would suggest if there in the area to do it. A VERY short walk away is Brophy Brothers and it....  more
    Interesting place. Cost is $5 a senior. Only took maybe half hour to walk through but was interesting. I would suggest if there in the area to do it. A VERY short walk away is Brophy Brothers and it....  more »
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  • Cute museum with so many things to learn about the area. Had a great time visiting with my 13 year old son. Learned about the history of Santa Barbara, the lighthouse keepers, military, etc. Worth the visit.
  • A place that you can learn a lots about history. Visited to this place bring back a memories of my late father. I had 1 compass which similar with the one shown here. History of California can be found here, especially for the petroleum industry
  • Everything is interesting. I love the rooftop as well, relaxing and you can see the perfect view in Santa Barbara.
  • Delightfully situated on the waterfront, a pleasant 15 minute stroll from State street and Stearns Wharf (one carpark to cross), museum is packed full of historical artefacts, photos, models and information panels on so many different subjects, including a full size Chumash boat, enormous lighthouse lens (see photo), diving suit and helmets, and more. One of my favourite exhibits is the tattoo parlour where you can get 5 different nautical tattoos (temporary only!) A few technical exhibits were out of commission, suggesting that this under-visited museum needs more support. Friendly staff and good gift shop (please add postcards related to the museum contents).
  • We cannot comment enough on how wonderful the experience was, especially having Docent Bob give us a 90’ tour. He is so congenial, knowledgeable, and interesting the time flew by. The museum is packed with outstanding exhibits for all ages. We highly recommend it and the hsrbor setting is beautiful.

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