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General Support

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 act of generosity are what make the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum a special place.

Education Programs

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 Restoration

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.

Ranger needs your help! The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum needs support to refurbish and restore its flagship Ranger. Your contribution will be designated for the yacht’s maintenance, slip fees, and educational programs. Your annual contribution of $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more will enroll you in the Ranger Crew, and a donation of $250 or more will receive an afternoon cruise for six people.
Or, you can volunteer to become a member of Ranger’s maintenance crew! We need crew members with skills in mechanical systems, electrical systems, marine plumbing, woodworking, varnishing, and general cleaning.  Become a part of the proud tradition that is Santa Barbara maritime history.
Ranger volunteers are working every Saturday starting at 10am to restore the ship in time for her 100th birthday party on September 15th.  If you would like to help as a restoration volunteer or join the crew, please contact Jesse Baker, Volunteer Coordinator.

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

Face to Face with the Great Whites

Photos by Ralph Clevenger is a Photo Exhibit opening October 18, featuring up-close images by Ralph Clevenger with the world’s apex predator, the Great White Shark. The only known surviving species of the genus Carcharodon, these sharks, and many others, are threatened by human activity. Diving around the world, Ralph Clevenger, former professor of underwater photography at the internationally renowned Brooks Institute, has studied and documented these majestic animals in the natural environment. Their survival, along with all marine predators, will be a reflection of a healthy ocean environment. This exhibit will be on display through March, 2019.