One of the best views in Santa Barbara is at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

Open Daily 11am to 5pm expect Saturday Open 9am-3pm (Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the 1stFriday in August for Fiesta)

Visit SBMM and take the elevator to the 4th floor. Stepping inside the visitor center there is a spectacular mosaic tiled floor showing the Channel Islands and Marine Sanctuary, the Rainbow Bridge legend and flowers native to the islands. An underwater kelp forest mural illustrates the marine life that inhabits our park and marine sanctuary. The outside deck has several interpretive displays about the park, the sanctuary and forest.

Our well informed volunteer staff can provide more information about the Channel Islands, Whale Watching, Cruises, Tours, Fishing, Rentals and more. Maps and brochures of things to do around the harbor are available. 

The Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute provides valuable information about marine mammal rescue, rehabilitations, research and education to promote ocean and human health.

The National Park Service also provides valuable information on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Transportation to the Islands

Channel Islands Aviation  •  Island Packers, Inc.  •  Truth Aquatics Inc.

One of our friendly docents ready to answer your questions.