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“Amazing place packed with History and Surprises” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Ranked #22 of 173 things to do in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum contains exciting & educational exhibits set inside of nearly 8,000 square feet of Museum space. The Maritime Museum also offers a wide range of educational programs including docent tours, and Tall Ship tours. Admission also includes a series of films shown daily in our large screen, high-definition Munger Theater. Fun for the whole family!
Red Bank, New Jersey
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11 reviews
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“Amazing place packed with History and Surprises”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

We enjoyed our tour of the Museum, and really learned a lot about the history and settlement of Santa Barbara, A great place to visit, for kids over 7 as well. Not good for toddlers.

Visited December 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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“Holiday Reception”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

My organization recently hosted a holiday reception here. The location was fantastic. Most of our guests stayed on the main floor of the museum to socialize, but a few guests ventured upstairs to look at the upstairs exhibits. The museum staff was very helpful before, during, and after the event. They were extremely accomodating and welcoming.

Visited December 2013
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Goleta, California
2 reviews
“holiday event”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

This location was a wonderful location for our company holiday event. Our group enjoyed this little treasure and many long time locals had not seen it. Great way to mingle. Very limited on drop off and storage and little time to set up, so pre-planning and organization is a must for this site. We look forward to using this site again!!

Visited December 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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82 reviews
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“Ok museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

Santa Barbara has a lot of museums. Most are world-class. As a Maritime Museum, i would give this a 3 star, at best. however, if you can get into any of their lectures or shows, those are great!

Visited November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“An interesting small museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

The museum was very quiet when we arrived, and I was concerned that we had a dud on our hands. I needn't have worried. This little museum tells the story of the Santa Barbara Channel area in a just-right sized package.

The story starts with the local natives and the story of the early exploration, but the pace quickens with some beautiful models of ships wrecked on the treacherous coast. As a military history buff I was stunned to learn about the loss of seven US Navy destroyers that ran aground during a terrible fog one day.

The fog must have been thick because the grandest display in the museum is the two-story tall lens array from the old lighthouse at Point Conception. It is enormous, and you can only imagine how much light must have been focused through it.

Other displays included deep-sea diving helmets and suits, some photos of the very old petroleum business in the area, and the inevitable information about the ecological peril that the area is in.

One fun bit was an apropos-of-nothing periscope that is mounted through the roof and lets you spy on people in the nearby marina, on the beach, etc. Great fun, even if it doesn't have much to do with the maritime history of the area.

If you like museums or if you like learning more about the places you visit, this is definitely worth a couple of hours of your time.

Visited November 2013
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