Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara

4.6
#4 of 14 in Museums in Santa Barbara
The mission of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is to preserve and celebrate the maritime heritage of the California Coast and present it to the public in an interesting and exciting way.

Home of the Point Conception First Order Fresnel Lens.
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  • 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 o...  more »
  • 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. Histor...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • A very nice museum for kids and grown ups. It is fun and entertaining. The people working there are super nice and friendly. Even if you are not a fan of nautical history, this museum has something for you. Highly recommended if you are visiting Santa Barbara.
  • The Fresnel lens was so amazing! I think Max could have looked at it for hours. I enjoyed the art and we both took in a film on the women surfers.
  • Great diverse offerings for adults and kids alike. Great VR headset immersive (no pun) exploration around drill platform. Thanks
  • Amazing gem of a place to visit. Not too crowded, friendly staff. Take the "Virtual Dive". Great time.
  • Interesting place to learn about marine life in the area. Local fisherman and other boars around the area. Small enough to not get tired and kids don't get bored.
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