Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara

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  • First floor has interesting history exhibits of early Santa Barbara, early maritime, and early commercial diving. Our daughter enjoyed the deep sea fishing hands on display. Upstairs we loved the surf...  more »
  • A little gem of a museum, great exhibits on aspects of maritime history in the Santa Barbara area. I loved the colour of the First-Order Fresnel Lens which came from Point Conception Lighthouse. Would...  more »
  • Our scout troop recently visited this museum as part of the patrol challenge scavenger hunt. We had no idea that we would end up spending an hour here because both the scouts and the leaders were so i...  more »
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  • Guy named Ian showed us around and was knowledgeable and hilarious. I wouldn't have known about this place but it's definitely a hidden treasure.
  • There is a ton of information here, and it's all super interesting. Ranging from the native culture, before European influence, to modern fishing industry, surfing history, and even some boat model history. The only issue I had with the place is there isn't really a "flow" to it. There are a number of interactive exhibits I didn't get to that looked fun. If you want to be thorough and see everything plan on 3 hours, there's so much to read.
  • So much to learn about the local maritime history in a rather small place. And kids loved going on a treasure hunt.
  • Great place to take the kids. Something you can do in about an hour and a half depending on if you stop to watch movies in the theater. Saturdays they play fun surf movies
  • Small but nice Maritime Museum about diving, fishing and anything about the sea around Santa Barbara, including important Events in their history (like accident/ship-wreck). There is a corner for children where they can learning about the sea/fishes. Several TV Screens showing short Video presentations. Also there is a small shop where you can buy books and other Merchandising. Nice place to learn something about the "sea-life" of Santa Barbara

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