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General support allows SBMM to use your donation in the area of greatest need. Admissions, special events, boating programs and facility rental activities help to generate some of the income necessary to operate SBMM, but it is not enough to cover all the costs entailed in running the Museum. It takes additional resources to ensure that educational programs, exhibits, and historic ship preservation meet the highest standards possible. We’re asking for your help to ensure the ongoing efforts of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Every gift—large or small—helps, so please take a moment to complete the Online Gift form below and know that your acts of generosity are what make the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum a special place.
The mission of the Museum’s Education Department is to encourage the curiosity of children through the use of interactive exhibits, experiential learning, and community outreach programs with special emphasis on California’s maritime history. Our education programs include the Tall Ship Program, Marine Science Program, Family Nights at the Museum, Science Nights, and monthly Lectures. More info
Ranger, the flagship of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, is a classic big-game fishing yacht. In 1917, she was the first private sport fishing boat built on the West Coast and played a major role in the early popularity and growth of sport fishing in Southern California and Baja California. The 42-foot vessel served as the flagship of the Catalina Island Tuna Club for over 50 years, hosting celebrities and setting records—two of which still stand today for tuna and broad-bill swordfish.
History of Oil in the Santa Barbara Channel
Oil has been a part of our maritime history for thousands of years. The Chumash utilized the natural seeps in our channel for their Tomols and baskets, the world’s first offshore oil well stood off Summerland Beach, commercial diving technology flourished in Santa Barbara due to oil production, and the modern environmental movement grew out of the 1969 Oil Spill. Today oil affects every facet of our lives, even as we move towards renewable energy sources.
Journey through time on a self-guided tour exploring The History of Oil in the Santa Barbara Channel at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
Geology of Oil in the Channel and the Chumash use of Asphaltum
Oil in Demand
Diving Deep for Oil
Life On & Below the Platform
Oil in Our Everday Lives
Oil and The Environment
Bombardment of Ellwood Oil Field
Military Exhibit Upgrade