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Support the Museum

Story Time with SBMMThe Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is a private, nonprofit organization that relies on community support to continue preserving the Central Coast’s maritime history and bringing this history to life through its educational programs.

In the museum’s current collections are many irreplaceable charts, historical film negatives, and shipwreck artifacts requiring special conservation techniques, and thousands of historic items requiring cataloging.

Since it’s opening in 2000, over 231,000 people have visited the museum to explore our “unburied treasures” and participate in numerous educational and entertaining activities, providing meaningful, lasting lessons and memories about human interaction with the sea. Every year up to 8,000 children benefit from our exhibits, education programs, and other activities.