Diver gets Tattoo


World famous commercial diver Bob Kirby getting a MOM tattoo at SBMMs new Tattoo Parlor Interactive

New Exhibit: Tattoos and Scrimshaw


One of the great things about the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is we are constantly opening new exhibits. On January 14th we open Tattoos and Scrimshaw: the Art of the Sailor. While I am very excited about this new exhibit, it can also be sad when a current exhibit is taken down. That is the case with Divergent Focal Planes. I loved Robert Watt’s black and white images of our Santa Barbara Channel coastline. I also loved Dennis Schuett’s whimsical, colorful, digitally manipulated images, especially those of the Fresnel Lens clockworks and the point Conception Lighthouse, with our Deputy Director/Curator/Director of Education Emily Falke standing watch out in front of the lighthouse. Fortunately you can still purchase a few of these remarkable images in our Museum Store.

Hope to see you all here January 14th for the opening of Tattoos and Scrimshaw!

Greg Gorga, Executive Director, SBMM


Certificate of Recognition


Liora Goodman, the District Representative from State Senator Hanna-Beth Jackson’s office, dropped off a Certificate of Recognition for the Museum. It reads:

“In honor of the Museum’s outstanding contributions and invaluable service to preserve and celebrate the maritime heritage of the California Coast; upon recent expansions to the Museum’s facility and programs that will greatly benefit our community, particularly with the opening of the new Children’s Gallery; Congratulations on celebrating our 15th Anniversary.”

Give a Gift


SBMM Board members George Writer and Roger Chrisman will match every donation to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum from now until December 31, 2015, up to $10,000, in celebration of our 15th Anniversary. Here is your opportunity! Thank you.

SBMM 15th Anniversary Celebration


Over 300 people came by to see what we have been up to for the last month of renovations and exhibit installations. A new deck, a new interactive children’s gallery and a good polishing of our beautiful lighthouse lens helped make the museum look new again.

Parade of Lights 2015

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Here is one of the photos taken by Barbara Mallon from the Maritime Museum’s 4th floor balcony.

High Tides


High tide and storm front makes for a wet Leadbetter Beach



Two Santa Barbara Harbor legends, Bob Kirby (left) and Mike McCorkle, in front of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

Back in Business


After a hard 17 day renovation, we will be open to the public Monday morning, December 7th at 10am. The Museum has never looked better, but there is one more thing to be done and that is installing our new Children’s Gallery – starting on Monday and finishing up by the end of the week.