Visitor Information

Admission Fees
$5 Adults
$3 Seniors (62+), Military, Students,
Free Kids under 12
Free First Tuesday of the Month
Free CSM Members

Hours of Operation
Open Daily 10am to 4pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Closed Major Holidays


Group visitors are requested to please call if your group would like a guided tour.
Regular admission fees apply and appointments are necessary.
Call CSM 760-721-6876

California Surf Museum
312 Pier View Way(Directions)
Oceanside, CA 92054


9th Annual Gala Fundraiser Saturday, October 29, 2016

Honoring surf legend
Nat Young
SpringHill Suites Marriott, Oceanside
50 years ago at the 1966 World Surfing Championships in San Diego, Nat rode “Magic Sam” to first place, helping to usher in surfing’s shortboard era.
Gala tickets now available: Click Here


current exhibits

A Brief History of Surfboards

Permanent Exhibit: A Brief History of Surfboards

Beginning with wooden plank surfboards reminiscent of surfing’s roots in Polynesia, the exhibit follows surfboard evolution through the foam and fiberglass advances, the shortboard revolution, to surfboards being ridden by today’s champions.
This exhibit has now been enhanced to incorporate A Brief History of Skateboards!

Courageous Inspiration: Bethany Hamilton

Long Term Exhibit: Courageous Inspiration: Bethany Hamilton

Young surfer, Bethany Hamilton, lost her left arm in a shark attack on the island of Kauai in 2003.
The exhibit includes the shark-bitten board, swimsuit she was wearing on the fateful day, and her documentary Heart of a Soul Surfer (Hollywood’s Soul Surfer movie is based on her life). Today, Bethany inspires millions of people with her courage and positive outlook on life.

Where’s the Surf? Find your swell direction with CDIP

The Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) is an extensive network for monitoring waves and beaches along the coastlines of the United States. CDIP’s buoys measure sea surface temperature and wave direction in addition to wave energy.
In 1996 the program started to make its data available in real-time over the internet, including the highly popular swell models. Today, all of CDIP’s data and products are available on the web in near real-time.

Get Involved


Donate and Support the California Surf Museum!
Since 1986, the California Surf Museum has been collecting and preserving the surfing history and artifacts of this popular lifestyle sport and culture as well as producing fascinating and educational exhibits.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization relying primarily on funding from memberships and donations, your donation is tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

Become a Member

Membership and Renewal
Membership dues go toward creating exhibits, educational programming,  and purchasing archival materials to protect items such as photographs, swimsuits, and surfboards.Not a CSM Member yet? Join now and get these great benefits! Why Join CSM?   Click Here To Join or  Renew

Membership is a great way to support CSM, while enjoying benefits and discounts for you and your family.
By supporting CSM you are also preserving surfing’s rich heritage for future generations to enjoy.


Volunteering at the California Surf Museum can be a fun and rewarding experience!Volunteer opportunities range from day to day Visitor Service assistance to providing professional services or helping at special events.
The museum truly could not exist without volunteer support, thank you for considering service with us.
A few benefits of volunteering at CSM: learn new skills, meet people, put your skills to use, get involved in the community, share your knowledge, receive school credit, build your resume, experience the enjoyment of giving back, become a part of the team, and have some fun!
Call Jane  760-721-6876

visitour giftshop

Our Gift Shop

Visit Our Gift Shop at the Surf Museum or  shop online . Click here to shop online.
Gala Tickets :
~ Individual $140 [tax deductible donation $74]

Lounge $960 [tax deductible donation $563] Exclusive ocean-view lounge seating for 6 guests on the terrace, dinner and 2 drinks per person included.
VIP $1,800 [tax deductible donation $1,138] Spend the evening in style within a spectacular ocean view hotel room opening onto a private terrace patio with reserved seating for 10 guests, dinner and 2 drinks per person included.