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.
SBMM proudly hosts public events like Lectures, Screenings, Tastings, Family Night, Kardboard Kayak Races, Parade of Lights, Fundraisers, Art Openings, Exhibit Openings and more.
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.
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.
Plan a Visit
10 am – 5 pm every day except
Saturdays 9 am – 3 pm
(Also closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the 1st Friday in August for Fiesta)
Please Check sbmm.org/calendar for special closings before you visit!
Things to do around the harbor.
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.
Our museum is perfect for private gatherings of all kinds, like social events, family reunions, corporate meetings, special catered dinners and weddings.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A log of any interesting stories and activities that happened at the museum, in the harbor, on the Santa Barbara Channel and islands.
Photos, Videos, and Audio Interviews of happenings in and around the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.