• Explore the rich maritime heritage of the Central Coast through diverse and interactive exhibits.

  • From seaplanes to surfing, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum captures the unique stories that shape the region’s history.

  • Interactive exhibits allow visitors to try their hand at fishing, survey the waterfront through an authentic submarine periscope, and navigate into the harbor from our Survival at Sea Pilot House.

  • Discover how the sea has shaped the character of the Central Coast

From the Mountains to the Sea: Original Woodblock Prints & Mosaics

by Patti Jacquemain

Art Exhibit Open until February 1, 2015

Patti Jacquemain’s exhibit, From the Mountains to the Sea, is a reflection of her love of both aspects of our coast, the sea on one side and the land on the other. The media she is exhibiting are woodblock prints and glass mosaic tile, two very time consuming and ancient forms of art. Her choice of images for this exhibit also reflect her concern and love for our local land, sea, and airborne wildlife, all of which she feels are becoming more and more endangered as we expand into their habitats.

Patti Jacquemain grew up on a ranch in Santa Barbara and attended local schools. She received a scholarship from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles but later transferred to the University of California at Santa Barbara where she received her BA and MFA in Fine Art. Her images have been distributed internationally through the publication of greeting cards and calendars by UNICEF, Pomegranate Press, and the Sierra Club, and locally through Mission Creek Studios and Chaucer’s Bookstore. She is the author and illustrator of three art books; Sweet Seasons: Santa Barbara in Time and Color, Wild Birds of the West, and a children’s book, Journey of the Great Bear.

Jacquemain founded the Wildling Art Museum in 1997, now located in Solvang, CA, and the Creekspirit Wildlife Foundation in Santa Barbara in 2002. Both organizations are devoted to the preservation of our environment and wildlife through art.

Mimi Michaelis,

The Ellwood Shelling: Scouts are Strong for America

This personal collection from former Boy Scout and Goleta resident, Pete Langlo, tells the story of the civil defenders that volunteered in the aftermath of the Ellwood Shelling to protect their neighbors and assist in the war efforts. As a 12 year old Boy Scout, Langlo describes collecting scraps for metal drives and serving as an airplane spotter, while his grandfather worked as an Air Warden. Using Langlo’s memorabilia, the exhibit aims to show what it was like to be a kid, a parent, or a family in World War II Santa Barbara. Highlights include the mandatory dog tags Langlo wore as an elementary school student, his complete 1940s-era Boy Scout uniform, and the tin door from a pump house blasted by shells. The exhibit will be on display for the next year.

Goleta’s Cannons

Goleta’s Cannons features two of the historic cannons found on the Goleta coast on January 23, 1981. The exhibit highlights clues to the cannon’s past, how the community restored these artifacts, and step-by-step instructions for how cannons of that era were fired, including audio of an actual cannon firing. The cannons are on loan from the Goleta Valley Historical Society.

Loughead Seaplane

Originally built by brothers Malcolm and Allan Loughead, the F-1 seaplane was constructed in Santa Barbara for the U.S. Navy in World War I. After the war, the brothers used the seaplane for sightseeing trips and aerial filming for Flying A Studios films. Suspended from the museum’s ceiling is a 1/4 scale flying model of the F-1 built by the Santa Barbara Radio Control Modelers Club. Malcolm and Allan’s Company eventually became Lockheed Martin.

Boat Model Gallery

Located throughout the museum, boat models from the museum’s collection provide insight into various ship designs as well as the artistry of model making. The museum also houses the complete collection of intricate radio-controlled models made by Dwight Brooks. All models have been built with intricate detail in mind.

Marilyn S. Tennity Surfing Exhibit

Discover the rich surf history of the Central Coast through this interactive exhibit, which features one-of-a-kind artifacts, oral histories with surfing greats and a surf board you can stand on.

Barry & Jean Schuyler Environmental Exhibit

Explore environmental issues related to the sea, and how they are being addressed. This exhibit highlights issues of contemporary significance, as research and environmental issues evolve over time. The interactive display delves into major environmental concerns including recreation, resource extraction, shipping and urbanization.

Survival at Sea

From historic lighthouses to state-of-the-art rescue and emergency equipment, learn about aids to navigation, boating safety, and the professional organizations that keep the seas safe. The exhibit also includes an interactive Pilot House and video footage of vessels in storm conditions.

Commercial Fishing & Diving Technology

From harpoon fishing to modern fisheries management, the Mario M. Castagnola Commercial Fishing exhibit uses artifacts and images to tell the story of Santa Barbara’s historic fishing industries. Hardhat diving has been part of local history since the late 1800s when abalone became a sought-after delicacy and continues today with urchin fishery and oil extraction. The Fred Kavli Diving Technology exhibit features historic diving helmets, suits and compressors. In October 2009, the Maritime Museum became the West Coast home to the Historical Diving Society.

Robert Kieding Charting Exhibit

This display of nautical charts captures the progression of understanding of the Santa Barbara Channel over time. Featured charts include California as an island and a rare chart of Anacapa by artist James McNeill Whistler.

Channel Islands Ranching

Through the display of historic artifacts and images, the story of ranching on Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands comes to life. Learn about the personalities, products and environment that made island ranching possible.

Shipwrecks of the Channel

Discover the stories behind the Santa Barbara Channel shipwrecks. Displays on the CubaWinfield Scott and Honda Disasterprovide access to historic artifacts, images and insight into the underwater archaeology used to locate, research and preserve these underwater cultural resources. Exhibits on the Cuba and Winfield Scott were made possible through funding from NOAA.

Gail Berkus Children’s Gallery

Young explorers learn about the sea in fun and creative ways. To train “green-hand” sailors, we have a knot tying station, pirate vocabulary and signal flags for maritime messages! The whole family can take part in puppet shows, sea stories, crafts and more. Kids are encouraged to create ocean-inspired art for Gallery display. Check our events calendar for educator-run programming such as storytelling and sing-a-longs. Plus our “treasure map” activity encourages children to explore the entire museum.

Historic Path

Discover the rich maritime history of California’s Central Coast, dating back over 10,000 years to the region’s earliest seafarers, the Chumash. The Historic Path features a Chumash tomol, an interactive explorer map, and artifacts that bring the area’s long maritime history to life.

EXHIBITS INCLUDE: Chumash Exhibit, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust Explorers Exhibit, Otter and Seal Hunting Exhibit, Hide and Tallow Trade Exhibit, Supply Ships Exhibit, Shore Whaling Exhibit, and George Castagnola Family Santa Barbara Waterfront Exhibit