The mission of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is to preserve and celebrate the maritime heritage of the California Coast and present it to the public in an interesting and exciting way.

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) opened its doors in July 2000, inside the Santa Barbara Waterfront Center (formerly the Naval Reserve Building). Built in 1943 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, the building overlooks the Santa Barbara harbor, the 1916 Sea Mew David T. Nidever and the museum’s flagship, the 1917 sportfishing yacht Ranger.

SBMM Ranger and David T. Nidever

SBMM Ranger and David T. Nidever