The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is a waterfront wedding venue in Santa Barbara, California. Located in the Santa Barbara Harbor, this unique location boasts beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the marina. From intimate elopements to elaborate lively celebrations, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum strives to make your wedding an unforgettable affair from beginning to end, so you and your loved ones remember this special day for years to come.
Facilities and Capacity
The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum offers four indoor and outdoor event spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions that fit up to 400 guests. The patio offers pictures views and is perfect for outdoor dinner and cocktails for 75 seated guests. For a small gathering, bridal shower or cocktail hour, the Crow’s Nest accommodates 12 seated guests or 35 standing. The indoor museum fits up to 220 seated guests, and the Munger Theater seats 88 guests and features an HD projector and large screen. The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum also hosts other special occasions such as birthdays, corporate events, engagement parties, family reunions, and rehearsal dinners.
The friendly and reliable staff at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is happy to help with all of your wedding needs. They have established relationships with local vendors, and carefully guide you through every step of the planning process. Self parking and valet parking is available, and The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is wheelchair accessible. All-inclusive packages available are designed to fit your budget and style and include the following services and rentals:
Couples can choose from various full-service catering packages at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. All-inclusive dinner packages include plated or buffet-style dining, tray-passed and station appetizers, and dessert. Services are specifically designed to fit your taste and dietary restrictions, and catering rentals include the following:
Conveniently Located within walking distance from downtown Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is near popular attractions, restaurants, public parking, and hotels. This area offers plenty of outdoor activities such as whale watching, stand-up paddling, kayaking, sunset cruises, sailing, and swimming. The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is about 15 minutes from Santa Barbara Airport and about 90 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport.
Recommended by 94% of couples
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Megan · Married on 07/21/2012
We had our wedding of approximately 120 people at the Maritime Museum. It's a gorgeous venue and you have to do very little in terms of decorating in order to make the room look stunning. Our guests loved the harbor location and the awesome exhibits. We used the Munger Theater to broadcast a video montage for our guests - it's a great selling point for using this venue. The staff was helpful and friendly. If you want a unique and beautiful setting for the happiest day of your life, I can't recommend the museum highly enough.Sent on 08/01/2012
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Watita · Married on 06/22/2018
SBMM was a great and unique venue to have our reception at. The displays throughout the venue kept our guests intrigued and security was great on the day. The cocktail hour area is also beautiful and overlooking the ocean. The best part was we could use any vendors we want, which significantly reduced overall costs.Sent on 01/09/2019
Kara · Married on 04/21/2018
We had our wedding at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and I’m so, so glad we did. My husband and I toured and considered many venues and we loved the museum. It felt unique inside as well as being on a great location on the water. We had our ceremony inside in front of the lighthouse lens and it was absolutely perfect. It was also a great space for the amount of people we had (under 50 guests) - it didn’t feel too big for the amount of people we had which I was grateful for. Our guests all loved the location and we were so happy with how kind everyone we dealt with at the museum was. They made our day extra special on top of providing a great location!Sent on 06/24/2018
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