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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Holds Open House Information Session for Prospective Docents!

Santa Barbara, CA. November 19, 2021 – Do you enjoy meeting and talking with people from  California, across the US, and around the world? Do you want to share your love and knowledge  of our beautiful harbor with visitors? Do you have at least three hours a week to volunteer? If  so, come to a Prospective Docent Open House at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM)  on Sunday, December 5, 2021, from 3 pm – 4 pm, to learn more about the Museum, its docent program, and the next training class which will begin Saturday, January 8, 2022!

Docents learn from each other and share insights
Ralph Clevenger viewing the mermaid exhibit with docents

On Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 3 pm, members of the public who are interested in becoming  SBMM docents are invited to attend an Open House Information Session for Prospective  Docents. Attendees will get to have a free guided tour of the Museum with Executive Director  Greg Gorga, whose tours are always entertaining.

Docents study and learn from the experts about the native Chumash people, commercial diving  and fishing milestones, the Channel’s military history, and Santa Barbara as the birthplace of  the environmental movement. They also get behind-the-scenes information from the artists,  photographers, and curators whose work is shown throughout the museum, such as Ralph  Clevenger, the photographer behind the current exhibit, Mermaids: Visualizing the Myths &  Legends – Photography by Ralph A. Clevenger & Friends.

Become a docent and enjoy the social and physical environment of SBMM, make new friends, help visitors from around the world get the most out of the Museum, explain exhibits, and  assist with special events, community festivals and art openings. To attend the docent open house, RSVP at or by calling 805 456-8748.


About SBMM

Since 2000, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum has featured many artifacts and stories to share the  history of the Santa Barbara Channel with more than 40,000 visitors annually, and it provides year-round  experiential maritime history and marine science education for local youth. Featuring the impressive  First-Order Fresnel Lighthouse Lens from Point Conception, SBMM’s current exhibits explore the History  of Oil in Santa Barbara Channel & Chumash Use of Asphaltum, Surfing, Mermaids, the Honda Disaster,  and Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light. SBMM is located at the historic Santa Barbara Harbor at 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, CA  93109. Visit or call (805) 962-8404 for details.

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