About California Surf Museum in Oceanside, California
The California Surf Museum is located near the famous Oceanside Pier, offering visitors and local residents a glimpse at a culture that looms large in this region. Surfing is a passion for locals and it only takes a look at this excellent facility to see that Oceanside loves surfing. The building was designed to capture the spirit of surfing with its wave-like edifice. The stunning façade and the interior with its “WOW Wall” was designed by Oceanside architect and CSM board member Louise Ravera Balma. The California Surf Museum is the first building built specifically for a surf museum in the United States.
The museum provides an inspiring and educational experience with permanent and rotating exhibits. A mural of a perfect barrel caught just off the beach, at famous Oceanside Pier View South Beach, is the focal point for tourist snapshots. Known for its collection of surfboards dating back to the 1920s, the museum offers many unique exhibits and year-round events.
Exhibits include an interesting compilation of great surfers and shapers that recognizes and honors names through photos and memorabilia. Duke Kahanamoku, George Freeth, John Kelly, Tom Blake, Steve Lis, Simon Anderson and Loren Whitey Harrison are recognized names heralded throughout the various displays. Listed in travel guidebooks throughout the world, the California Surf Museum brings in over thousands of visitors each year, making it a top tourist destination in downtown Oceanside. A trip to the museum is a must for anyone curious about surfing.
- 312 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054
- (760) 721-6876
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