• Tours 10am-4pm each day
    May 18, 2017 - May 22, 2017
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Maritime Museum of San Diego
Historic, Engaging and Educational Voyage Comes to Santa Barbara, California

Be part of history as the full‐scale replica of San Salvador, the first European vessel to explore California’s
coast, makes her next voyage with multi‐port stops and exhibitions including the Santa Barbara
Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara May 18‐23

SANTA BARBARA, CA – APRIL 3, 2017 ‐‐ Sail across the centuries and be part of history as the full‐scale
replica of the first European vessel to explore California’s coastline makes her next voyage. This spring
Cabrillo’s San Salvador: The Pacific Heritage Tour will make more stops along the West Coast, offering
visitors a variety of onshore exhibits and seagoing adventures. The tour will be in Santa Barbara May 18
‐23 at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

“We are thrilled to have San Salvador visit Santa Barbara Maritime Museum,” states Santa Barbara
Maritime Museum Executive Director Greg Gorga. “Partners to the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s
2016 Pacific Heritage Tour found San Salvador was the perfect visiting exhibit to attract thousands of
visitors over several days, expose more people to their museums and grow membership. We are looking
forward to doing the same in Santa Barbara when we host San Salvador dockside tours May 18 ‐22 from
10:00 am to 4: 00 pm at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.”

Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and students (age 5‐17).
Children 5 and under and active military are free. Ticket prices include admission to the Santa Barbara
Maritime Museum and a tour of the San Salvador.

Book your tickets online here or visit our Museum Store. Thank you

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum will also host a complementary special Educator Open House
Thursday, May 18 from 5:00 pm ‐ 6:00 pm. EXPLORE, the compendium educational resource for San
Salvador, is an educator’s free online tool to bring the Pacific Heritage history lessons into classrooms

A special Pacific Heritage Adventure Day Sail aboard San Salvador will also be available on May 23, at
$99 per person for ages 12 and over. Space is limited.
For more information and tickets, call our Museum Store (805) 456-8747.

Cabrillo’s San Salvador: A Pacific Heritage Tour, which is sponsored by KPBS, commemorates the 1542
expedition led by explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo aboard the original San Salvador. Among Cabrillo’s
many discoveries was present‐day San Diego Bay, where the full‐scale, seaworthy replica of his flagship
galleon was built by skilled shipwrights and volunteers under the auspices of the Maritime Museum of
San Diego. Twenty years in the planning and five years in construction, San Salvador is the Maritime
Museum of San Diego’s newest educational platform, bringing our rich Pacific maritime history to life for
adventurers young and old. The Pacific Heritage Tour provides an opportunity for other California cities
to share the experience. Each venue will offer different planned events and immersive exhibits.

May 18 – 23 Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
(Day Sail: May 23)
June 9 – 11 Newport Beach, Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival, Balboa Yacht Club
(Day Sail: June 11)

Planned events also include an ocean‐going adventure for ages 12 and up: May 23 – 29 from Santa
Barbara to the Channel Islands to San Diego. This year’s sailing adventure package includes seven nights,
six days, meals, and onboard accommodations. It is open to a limited number of passengers, ages 12 and
up. This unique nautical experience is priced at $1,542 per person. Group discounts are also available.
For more information and tickets, call our Museum Store (805) 456-8747.


About San Salvador

The design and construction of the replica involved some of the world’s leading historians and marine
archeologists. The original galleon, later nicknamed “the Mayflower of the West,” first sailed in 1542.
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer who was searching for new trade routes from Mexico to Asia
and Europe, sailed her along the California coastline. Among his discoveries was San Diego Bay, where
the replica would be built more than 450 years later by hundreds of Maritime Museum of San Diego
volunteers. The replica vessel weighs 150 tons and is 92 feet long and 24 feet wide.

Last year, record turnouts were recorded across California for Maritime Museum of San Diego’s launch
of the Pacific Heritage Tour. Collaborating with key institutions and organizations, the full‐scale galleon
replica San Salvador visited Oxnard, Monterey, Morro Bay, and the Channel Islands.

The 2016 Pacific Heritage Tour, sponsored by KPBS, included four West Coast venues. Each offered
different planned events and immersive exhibits along with select fundraising and development
opportunities for the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Monterey State Historic Park, and Central
Coastal Maritime Museum Association.

General admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego includes San Salvador dockside tours and for
the explorer at heart, on select Saturdays, including April 29, visitors 12 and up can step aboard San
Salvador for a spectacular newly introduced 4‐hour adventure day sail. More day sails in San Diego will
be available starting in June when San Salvador returns to her home port at the Maritime Museum of
San Diego. Visit www.sdmaritime.org for tickets and information or call 619.234.9153.

About Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is the home of the First‐Order Fresnel Lens from Point
Conception Lighthouse. Key exhibits include the Honda Disaster, Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the
Light, and five new interactive Children’s Exhibits. The 7,825 square‐foot Santa Barbara Maritime
Museum, located at the Santa Barbara Harbor, opened to the public in July 2000. Today, the museum is
a vital part of the community, offering hands‐on educational programs, interactive displays, and both
temporary and permanent exhibits, attracting more than 28,000 visitors each year. Santa Barbara Trust
for Historic Preservation has awarded the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum their George and Vivian
Obern Award for our preservation and restoration efforts towards the Waterfront Building we occupy.
For tickets and information call (805) 456‐8747 or visit www.sbmm.org.

About the Maritime Museum of San Diego

The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring,
maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of
historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship, the Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego
is a 501c3 non‐profit organization., tax identification number 95‐2130325. The museum is located at
Star of India Wharf in downtown San Diego at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. The
telephone number for general inquiries is 619‐234‐9153. Additional information can be found at



113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, California, 93109