International Surfing Museum, Huntington Beach

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The International Surfing Museum is a non-profit, 501(c) museum in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California. The museum's goal is to preserve the history of the surfing culture throughout the globe. It is dedicated to Duke Kahanamoku, who is generally regarded as the person who popularized the modern sport of surfing.
The International Surfing Museum displays historic surfboards, provides information about legendary surfers, and shows classic surf films. Visitors can examine artistic surfing sculptures and hear surf music. Admission to the museum is currently $2 per visitor.

The museum moved and opened in the 411 Olive Avenue location in June 1990. It was established in 1987 by Ann Beasley and Natalie Kotsch. In 1998 Ann Beasley and Natalie Kotsch were added to the Honor Roll, which "was created to honor those individuals who have contributed to surfing and it's [sic] culture and are deserving of recognition, but might not qualify to receive a stone on the [Surfing] Walk of Fame. Honor Roll recipients are selected by the Surfing Walk of Fame Board of Directors."
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  • A cool place that is very small, and thus has very limited displays that are sometimes something less than inspirational.  more »
  • I was looking forward to checking out the museum today when visiting Huntington Beach. I followed the sign on the main boulevard, unfortunately couldn’t find the sign of the museum or entrance, I followed the main directional signpost again and again couldn’t find the building or entrance. Such a shame, the reviews are good. Better directional signage required.
  • Very cool and interesting place to visit. Definitely recommend going and checking out. Lots of history to learn and they have the world's largest surfboard

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