We welcome John Doordan and Kate Ford onto SBMM's Board of Directors!

Come Experience 13,000 Years
of Maritime History & Human
Interaction with the Sea


Thursday - Tuesday (Closed Wednesdays)
10am — 5 pm


113 Harbor Way, Ste 190
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

diving helmets permanent exhibit

Welcome to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is one of the premier venues for education, information, and lectures about the Santa Barbara Channel, the Channel Islands National Park, and 13,000 years of human interaction with the sea. Whether you're interested in historical subjects such as the Chumash and their settlements along the Santa Barbara coast, or more contemporary nautical topics such as environmental preservation, marine life, surfing, and sustainability, we offer something interesting for everyone. We also have lots of fun and interactive exhibits for kids and families.

We're conveniently located at the beautiful Santa Barbara Harbor next to several shops, restaurants, boat rides, kayak rentals, and various activities for the whole family. Come on down and make a day of it. You'll be glad you did.

Upcoming Exhibits and Events

Photographs by Dan Merkel

The Lure of Lighthouses & Dancing Waves

Photography by Dan Merkel 

January 26 -August 27, 2023

Professor Andrés Reséndez at sbmm

Conquering the Pacific:

An Unknown Mariner and the Final Great Voyage of the Age of Discovery with Professor Andrés Reséndez

Hear Chumash Elder Puchuk Ya’ia’c (Alan Salazar) Read from Coyote Rescues Hawk

February 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Continuing its book launch series, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is pleased to host the local launch of Coyote Rescues Hawk, Chumash Elder Puchuk Ya’ia’c (Alan Salazar)’s latest book. This special event on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 1:00 pm, will take place on the museum’s patio. It will include a reading from the book followed by a workshop with Salazar and illustrator/artist Mona Lewis for participants to create their own traditional Chumash seaweed rattles. As a founding member of the Chumash Maritime Association, storyteller, researcher, and knowledge keeper of Chumash history, Salazar will share some of the stories in his book and answer any questions audience members may have. Cost is $25 and includes all the materials to make a traditional seaweed rattle.


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Our commitment to the community is to showcase our rich maritime history, present inspirational programs, and prompt insightful discussions about the future of our coastal community.