Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Announces Free Admission on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Saturday, September 17, 2022

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Museum Day September 17
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Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 10:00

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day is back, and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is announcing its participation again for this year. Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket on Saturday, September 17, 2022—and this year SBMM is again one of those museums. In fact, it is the only one in Santa Barbara to do so. SBMM will be open to Smithsonian ticket holders and all others that day from 10am-5pm.

How does Museum Day work?
To get free admission, guests must present an official Museum Day ticket. This ticket provides general admission for each ticket holder plus one guest. Tickets are only valid on Museum Day, September 17, 2022. Tickets are now available to download. To register for tickets, visitors should go to the Smithsonian website, search for their favorite participating museum, and register at
Once you have completed and submitted the online registration form, check your inbox for an email from with a link to a ticket you can download and print out. Some museums require a printed ticket, others will allow you to show your ticket via a smartphone or tablet. Not sure? Check your ticket. Museums that require a printed ticket include an asterisk under the museum address stating, "*Printed ticket required."
Can I bring my whole family to Museum Day?
Each ticket provides general admission for a ticket holder plus one guest. For more than one guest, other guests will have to pay full admission or register for additional free tickets. Please call SBMM at 805-456-8747 if you have specific questions related to ages and admission. Since SBMM is free for children under 6, the museum will not count those children as your Museum Day guest. Children 6 and older will count as one of your Museum Day guests. Each ticket provides general admission for a ticket holder plus one guest.

About SBMM
Founded in 2000, inside the harbor’s historic Waterfront Center (formerly the Naval Reserve Building), the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum creates exhibitions and hands-on, educational experiences that celebrate more than 13,000 years of maritime history in our region—from Chumash culture to today’s surfing scenes and environmental movements. Nearly 8,000 square feet of gallery space showcase special presentations and changing displays culled from the museum’s artifact collection and dedicated to instilling love and respect for our Santa Barbara Channel, for the people who make their living on its waters, and for the abundant marine life that calls these waters home.

SBMM is located at 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. Visit or call (805) 962-8404 for details.

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