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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is the home of the First-Order Fresnel Lens from Point Conception Lighthouse. Key exhibits include the Honda Disaster, Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light, Surfing, interactive Children's Exhibits, the History of Oil in Santa Barbara Channel & Chumash Use of Asphaltum, the history of commercial diving, the Honda Disaster, Whales Are Superheroes!, and The Lure of Lighthouses & Dancing Waves. The museum also hosts monthly lectures covering a wide range of maritime topics, book launches, Patio Pop-Ups featuring area artists, and an annual Paddle Out fundraiser.

Founded in 2000, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum creates exhibits and hands-on, educational experiences that celebrate more than 13,000 years of maritime history in our region—from Chumash culture to today’s surfing scenes and environmental movements. Nearly 8,000 square feet of gallery space showcase special presentations and changing displays culled from the museum’s collections, all dedicated to instilling love and respect for the Santa Barbara Channel, for the people who make their living on its waters, and for the abundant marine life that calls these waters home.


113 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone: 805 962 8404

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Museum & Store Hours
10 am – 5 pm everyday except Wednesdays
Closed Wednesdays
(Also closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the 1st Friday in August for Fiesta. Please check for additional special hours)

Outdoors Visitor Center Hours: Daily, 10:30-4:30pm

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