The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum opened its doors in July 2000. The museum tells the rich, varied maritime history of the Santa Barbara Channel, beginning with the Chumash and their Tomol plank canoe. Other highlights include the Point Conception Lighthouse First Order Fresnel Lens, Commercial Diving and Fishing, Surfing, the History of Oil in the Santa Barbara Channel, and Shipwrecks, including the largest Naval disaster in U.S. history. Like many of SBMM’s exhibits, our educational programming is also very interactive. We put fourth-graders aboard a tall ship for the night, where they become 1830’s sailors, or aboard a local fishing boat to become hands-on Marine Scientists. And the Museum’s fourth floor Outdoor Visitor Center offers the best views in Santa Barbara.