California Surf Museum

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Basic Information

Address: 312 Pier View Way Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone Number: 760-721-6876
Director: Jim Kempton

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Additional Information

Days and Hours: Open 7 days a week 10-4. Closed major holidays

CSM is unique in museums in that it has both Archives, including a non-circulation library, and Collections. In Archives, CSM has nearly 3,000 items, which includes magazines, books, record albums,CDs, casstette tapes, VHS and DVDs, and more. In Collections, CSM has about 200 surfboards, as well as trophies, clothing, wetsuits, board games, surfboard wax, and other epherma.

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Accreditation: American Alliance of Museums, American Association for State and Local History
Admission/Tickets: $5 adults, $3 students, military, seniors (+62) Children under 12 Free
Food: None available
Exhibits: A Brief History of Surfboards: Wood, Foam to Fiberglass Where's the Surf? Find your swell direction with CDIP Courageous Inspiration: Bethany Hamilton and her shark-bitten surfboard
Retail Store: Yes
Videos/DVDs Shown: Bethany Hamilton:Heart of a Soul Surfer
Reservations Needed: Yes

Southbound Interstate 5: Exit at SR 76/ Coast Highway (exit 54A). Continue westbound on SR 76, turn left onto North Coast Highway. 1/2 mile south turn right onto Pier View Way. Go 1-1/2 blocks; CSM is on the right.
Northbound Interstate 5: Exit at Mission Avenue, Oceanside (exit 53). Continue westbound to Coast Highway. Turn right. Continue one block north and turn left onto Pier View Way. Go 1-1/2 blocks; CSM is on the right.

Nearby Attractions: Oceanside Pier, Oceanside Museum of Art
Mission Statement:

The California Surf Museum serves as an international repository and resource center on the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving, and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations.

Facility History:

CSM is currently in its sixth location. The current city-owned facility, renovated to meet CSM's needs, is 5600 square feet, with a 3,000-sq.- ft exhibit hall, archives collections, workshop, Museum store, administrative offices, and a 400-sq.-ft. outdoor patio, the "Secret Spot".

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