The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island

Film Screening followed by Q & A with Executive Producer John R. Johnson, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History


Stories and artifacts preserved and presented from our long maritime heritage that lived through exploration, discoveries, life and death, successes and tragedies in the Santa Barbara Channel. Try out our Virtual Tour.

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Public Events

SBMM proudly hosts public events like Lectures, Screenings, Tastings, Family Night, Kardboard Kayak Races, Parade of Lights, Fundraisers, Art Openings, Exhibit Openings and more.

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Tall Ship Program, Marine Science, and Science Night for the kids, Family Night and Kardboard Kayak Races for the family. Our Lecture Series and Book Club attended by adults. Docent-led Field Trip Program for schools and youth organizations.

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We could not succeed without our volunteers and members, your donations and sponsorships. We thank all who help us spread the word of our rich maritime heritage, our programs for children and our lecture series.

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Plan a Visit

10 am – 5 pm every day except
Saturdays 9 am – 3 pm

Closed Wednesdays
(Also closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the 1st Friday in August for Fiesta)

Please Check for special closings before you visit!

Things to do around the harbor.

What’s Nearby?

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About SBMM

It started with the founders! We thank the founders of SBMM, for their vision, their gift to the community in wanting to share with the world, the maritime heritage of Santa Barbara.

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Private Events

Our museum is perfect for private gatherings of all kinds, like social events, family reunions, corporate meetings, special catered dinners and weddings.

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Our friendly SBMM Team would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you in any other way by contacting us via email or phone.

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We do not wish for you to travel to SBMM, if we are closed for a special event or it is Wednesday. Please check our calendar before you visit. We look forward to your visit; we have a lot to show you.

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Munger Theater

Our theater is used in many ways: 15 maritime films shown on scheduled days, monthly lectures, special meetings, and private parties. (Movie-goers, pleased check calendar for any theater closings)

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Museum Store

The Museum Store is a great place to find Treasure!
Our beautiful Museum Store is full of unique gifts and souvenirs for all ages.
Open during museum hours.

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Visitor Center

On our 4th floor is the Best View in Town and the SBMM Visitor Center. Enjoy the view and learn more about activities in and around the Santa Barbara Channel. First stop should be the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Enjoy!

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News-worthy events that happened at the museum, in the harbor, on the Santa Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands.

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Photos, Videos, and Audio Interviews of happenings in and around the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

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SBMM’s Monthly Lecture Video Archive is a collection of taped lectures provided for people who missed a lecture or wish to watch it again or share it with a friend.

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