Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Santa Barbara, CA

Where are we going?

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
113 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara


What is there to do?

It's time to explore and discover the local rich maritime history at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum!

This popular museum features a number of fascinating exhibits that tell stories and showcase artifacts preserved from the long maritime heritage, from discoveries, exploration, life and death, successes and tragedies. It's quite a journey!

Across two floors, you will learn all about a range of themes and topics. Kids can read all about the Early Explorers and how they contributed to maritime history, as well as the history of whaling in the region, and what that meant for the culture and the industry.

There is an exhibit on commercial diving and technology, as well as commercial fishing, and even the history of oil in the Santa Barbara channel

A maritime museum wouldn't be complete without exhibits on navigation, and yes kids, shipwrecks! (We know you were waiting for that!)

Kids will get a kick out of the interactive exhibits within the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum too. They can experience sustainable fishing in a kelp forest, raise a sail, sort trash, or enjoy a virtual dive!

All of the exhibits inspire learning through the interactive exhibits, so it really is an invaluable experience for the children to take in.

So why not set sail on that next family day out, and head to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and enjoy a day of exploration and discovery!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $8

Children: $5 (Ages 6 to 17)

Discount: Senior & student discounts, free for members

Free Under: Free for children 12 months to 5 years


Need a little extra help?

Give them a call if you have questions about accessibility, they will be happy to help with any questions!


When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily except Saturdays (9am - 3pm)

Open year round but closed Wednesdays, plus New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, & the 1st Friday in August


Any top tips?

Check out the Maritime Theater within the museum, as they have 15 different maritime films scheduled on select days!

I’m Hungry!

There are a number of nearby restaurants so you won't go hungry! From cafes, to sushi, grills and seafood, there is PLENTY for those rumbling tummies! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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