Santa Barbara Maritime Museum802 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbour, and has a myriad exciting and educational exhibits on display in a sprawling gallery space of nearly 8,000 square feet. Offering a wide range of educational programs including docent tours, and Tall Ship tours, the Museum also has daily HD screenings in their large-screen Munger Theatre that is shaped like a ship’s hull.
The museum does an excellent job of tracing Santa Barbara's historywith respect to its maritime developments, ranging from a Chumash (Native American tribe from the area) wood canoe to hi-tech deep sea diving gear. One of the most fascinating exhibits is a life-size submarine communication deck complete with a periscope that scans the surrounding waterfront. There are also evocative displays and timelines of the shipwrecks in the past, a grave reminder of the fallacy of humans in the face of nature’s wrath. There are two floors of exhibits and a fourth floor observatory that offers a spectacular view of the harbour.
The aim of this museum is celebrate the maritime heritage of the California Coast and preserve it by exhibiting it in an engaging way.
The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) opened its doors to the public in 2000, the building overlooking the gorgeous Santa Barbara harbour.
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Travel Tips
- To reach the Museum from the SOUTH: Take California coastal state highway 101 north to Santa Barbara. Exit at the Cabrillo Blvd. turnoff (left-hand lane exit). At the stop sign at the bottom of the ramp, turn left. Continue along the beach for approximately 5 miles past Stearns Wharf. You will pass the harbour on the left, and come to a stop light at Harbour Way. Turn left here and enter into the harbour parking area. SBMM is located at 113 Harbour Way, in the large white building that faces the harbour.
- To reach the Museum from the NORTH: Take California coastal state highway 101 south to Santa Barbara. Exit at the Castillo Street/Harbour turnoff. At the stoplight turn right, and continue approximately 1/2 mile to the T-intersection which dead-ends on Cabrillo Blvd., turn right. You will pass the harbour on the left, and come to a stop light at Harbour Way. Turn left here and enter into the harbour parking area. SBMM is located at 113 Harbour Way, in the large white building that faces the harbour.
Entrance Ticket Details For Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
- Students with ID: $4
- Military Active Duty: $4
- Free for Military Active Duty in Uniform.
- Youth (6-17): $4
- Children (1-5): $2
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Hours
- The above mentioned timings are for Labour Day to Memorial Day.
- From Memorial Day to Labour Day, the timings are 10am – 6pm.
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50.76% of people who visit Santa Barbara include Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
33.85% of people start their Santa Barbara Maritime Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
93.44% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Reviews & Ratings
This place was a gem hidden away in Santa Barbara. From the history of rum running and the history of deep sea diving suits to large scale working models of various naval vessels, there is a wealth of information here. It's not just in the exhibits, it's in the people that work here. They are an invaluable source of stories and knowledge.
A great place to catch up on the Central Coast's waterfront history. There is many exhibits and a theater that plays 1 hour documentaries; this museum has been funded by local residents who are proud, and care to educate.
Great place for adults and kids. A interactive game, lots of boats and boating history. Nominal entry fee. Free when they have art exhibits. Call ahead for free day schedule. On wharf/boat harbor. Plenty of restaraunts.
This was a great place for my out of town guest who was a retired Coast guard! Lots of great info & awesome view!
This was a fascinating insight into Pacificmaritime history. Beautifully set out, well explained. Leave plenty of time if you want to see it all.