The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in Santa Barbara, CA is a historic building that has some of the most remarkable maritime artifacts depicting the history of the local coast on display. This 1943 museum building overlooking the Santa Barbara Harbor was built as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency. After its completion, it served as a navy training center during World War II, and after the war also served as a naval reserve. The museum opened its doors to the public in July 2000 and since then has served as a center of education through its exhibits, artifacts, and events.


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Admission Price

Adults aged 18 to 64 pay $8. Seniors aged 65 and above, students with ID and youth aged 6 to 17 are charged $5. Children aged 1 to 5 years, active military, and museum members enter for free. However, children aged 12 and below must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 16 years old.

Tours and Field Trips

The museum offers 45-minute docent-guided tours for groups if advanced reservations are made online by submitting a group registration form available on the museum’s website. Field trips at the museum can be organized for children from kindergarten to 6th grade by making an advanced booking with the museum's guest services coordinator.


Along with the field trips, the museum organizes several educational programs aimed at school children, including;

· Marine science program

· Tall ship program

· Science night program

· Lecture series

· Book club

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Museum Exhibits

· 20 Masterpiece Photographs by Ernest H. Brooks II

· Point Conception Lighthouse Fresnel Lens

· Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light

· Tragedy at Honda: Honoring the George Writer Family

· Tall Ship Education Program

· The Lost Posters of Surf Artist Rick Sharp

· Maritime Ranching

· Marine Safety Agencies and USCG Black Fin

· Mario M. Castagnola Commercial Fishing

· Diving Technology and Abalone Diving

· Historic Path of California’s Central Coast

· Goleta Cannons

· Working Periscope

· Marilyn S. Tennity Surfing Exhibit

· Loughead Seaplane

Private Events

The museum offers events and reception packages for private events like weddings as well as corporate and social events. The museum itself can accommodate up to 400 guests for a standing reception and 150 guests for a seated meal. The museum's Munger Theater is yet another venue that can seat 88 guests and is suitable for corporate presentations or private meetings as the theatre offers a large screen and HD projector.

Supporting the Museum

The museum accepts donations in the form of online gifts and services like volunteering as well as through membership programs.

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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way #190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, Phone: 805-962-8404, website

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