California Surf Museum, Oceanside

4.5
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
CSM was founded in 1986 and continues to be a leader among surfing museums, with cultural and informative rotating exhibits, wonderful events and a Museum Store filled with local and unique items. CSM exists with the support of donors, members, and other generous benefactors. If you would like to donate, please don't hesitate to contact us or visit surfmuseum.org. CSM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations to CSM are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.
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  • I thought no better time to actually learn something about surfing since I'd been enjoying watching surfers at nearby beach. This museum is just a few blocks from the Oceanside pier. Senior entrance.....  more »
  • Well worth seeing. History of boards, surfing, and surfers. There was also a nice exhibit featuring Bethany Hamilton, the inspirational surfer who survived a shark attack and kept surfing. And...  more »
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  • This was a great experience. We live in Oceanside and are San Diego natives. I've been using Trip Advisor to find fun things to do with my son during his 3 week winter break from school and our visit to the surf museum was awesome! There's so much to look at and learn about. My son (6 years old) was really excited to be able to see Bethany Hamilton's actual board the shark bit since he had just seen it in a book at school. It is very inexpensive admission (under 12 is free adults are $5) and well well worth it. The surf board evolution display was my favorite part. The volunteer who gave us a brief tour was awesome and I wish he would have accepted my tip but he does this for his love of surfing. The gift shop had affordable items and I was able to walk out spending $10. My son got 5 post cards, a sea shell souvenir and a surfboard keychain. It's a quick trip with kids but there's so much to read and see that you can also spend a half day too. If I was there by myself I would have take more time. Awesome displays and authentic pieces to see. Highly recommend stopping by. Even locals.
  • Great place. I learned alot about the surf culture. Worth a visit.

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