Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara

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  • I was very surprised at how much was in this place. Lots to read but also a lot of neat things to see and hands on exhibits. I would definitely go back.  more »
  • The exhibits in the museum document the maritime history of the area from the original peoples through the present. Nicely arranged with some good interactive exhibits. The staff were excellent and se...  more »
  • 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 »
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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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