The Underwater Forest of Anacapa Island

The Underwater Forest of Anacapa Island

Doug Klug’s first dives on Anacapa Island were as a teenager in 1986.  He traveled to Anacapa as part of a 3-day diving excursion aboard the dive boat, Conception, out of Santa Barbara Harbor.  That adventure became lodged in his memory making diving Anacapa Island part of his everyday life, earning him the nickname, “Diver Doug.”
In the early 1990s, he transitioned from underwater hunter to underwater photographer, diving around Hawaii, Mexico, Fiji, the Caribbean Sea and the Cayman Islands. Doug is owner of a local dive store, a SCUBA instructor and equipment repair technician.
His images have been seen worldwide and his Anacapa Island photos have been featured by Monterey Bay Aquarium, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the National Marine Sanctuary to show the life and beauty associated with Southern California’s kelp forests.

Exhibit will be open till end of May.

Point Conception Lighthouse Fresnel Lens

Point Conception Lighthouse Fresnel Lens

The Point Conception first order Fresnel lens has stood watch for nearly 160 years, guiding ships safely around the “Cape Horn of the Pacific.” The Point Conception lens was designed and built in Paris, France in 1854, using a refracted prism system designed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel. The lens was first lit on February 1, 1856. Because of persistent heavy fog at higher elevation, a second lighthouse was built on the lower bluff, and the lens was moved in June, 1882. While the lens saw many vessels meet their ultimate fate in this “graveyard” of the Central Coast, the light also saved and provided safe passage to thousands of vessels over the years.

Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light

Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light

Over 300 women are known to have served as head lighthouse keepers in the U.S between 1850 and 1920. Learn about their firsthand accounts of life as a keeper, stories that are rare and often unknown.

Tragedy at Honda: Honoring the George Writer Family

Tragedy at Honda: Honoring the George Writer Family

Within ten minutes, nine battle-ready destroyers lay impaled and stranded along the treacherous reefs of the “Devil’s Jaw” near Honda Creek. The Honda Point Disaster was the largest peacetime loss in U.S. Naval history.

Tall Ship Education Program

Tall Ship Education Program

Students explore man’s relationship with the ocean, gain an appreciation for our maritime heritage, and learn the concepts of ‘historical perspectives’ and ‘interpretation’. Through challenging hands-on activities students develop problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, communication, and teamwork skills.

The Lost Posters of Surf Artist Rick Sharp

The Lost Posters of Surf Artist Rick Sharp

Surfer Rick Sharp restarted his career in the 1970s with his fantasy based organic surf posters, currently on display at the museum.

Maritime Ranching

Maritime 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.

Marine Safety Agencies and USCG Black Fin

Marine Safety Agencies and USCG Black Fin

Protecting our coasts and waterways, this exhibit highlights marine safety agencies in the Santa Barbara Channel, their service to our community and emergency heroes.

Mario M. Castagnola Commercial Fishing

Mario M. Castagnola Commercial Fishing

From harpoon fishing to modern fisheries management, the Mario M. Castagnola Commercial Fishing exhibit uses artifacts and images tell the story of Santa Barbara’s historic fishing industries.

Diving Technology and Abalone Diving

Diving Technology and Abalone Diving

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.

Historic Path

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

Winfield Scott Shipwreck and Underwater Archeology

Winfield Scott Shipwreck and Underwater Archeology

Discover the story behind the Santa Barbara Channel shipwreck and explore historic images and insight into the underwater archeology used to locate, research and preserve these underwater cultural resources. Exhibits made possible through funding from NOAA.

Goleta Cannons

Goleta 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.

Marilyn S. Tennity Surfing Exhibit

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.

Loughead Seaplane

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.