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California Surf Museum
VISITOR INFORMATION California Surf Museum 312 Pier View Way Oceanside, CA 92054 Tel. (760) 721-6876 Get Directions Hours: Open Daily 10am to 4pm Thursdays until 8pm Closed Major Holidays Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Seniors (62+), Military, Students, Free Kids 12 and under, Free Tuesday,

International Surfing Museum

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 without charge.

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.

Newport Sports Museum

Riverside International Automotive Museum
RIAM is open to the public 10 am until 4 pm, Monday through Saturday.
Suggested Admission is $5.00, donations are welcome.
RIAM is available to host your next club function, birthday party, corporate event or any gathering. Contact us at: 951 369-6966 or email at:

The Riverside International Automotive Museum (RIAM)
815 Marlborough Avenue #200
Riverside, CA 92507

Main Office and General Information Line:
(951) 369-6966

San Diego Hall of Champions
he San Diego Hall of Champions is an American multi-sport museum in San Diego, California. Located in the Federal Building in Balboa Park, the facility recognizes outstanding athletic accomplishments and traditions involving more than forty-two sports. The Hall of Champions was founded in 1959 and includes the Breitbard Hall of Fame.
nation's largest multi-sport museum, boasting three levels of memorabilia and 68,000 square feet.
2131 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Hours: 10 am - 4:30 pm Daily
Admission Price:
Adults: $8
Student/Senior/Military: $6
Youth (3-17): $4

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
Located in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum opened its doors in June 1986 as the first surfing museum in the world. The lighthouse was built in 1967 as a memorial to surfer Mark Abott, who died while surfing at the nearby Pleasure Point surf break.

Overlooking the Steamer Lane surfing hotspot, this little museum features photographs, surfboards, and videos tracing over 100 years of surfing history in Santa Cruz. After funding cuts in 2009, the Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Society and private donations kept the museum open.
Located in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum opened its doors in June 1986 as the first surfing museum in the world.

The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum at Steamer Lane is staffed by friends of the Santa Cruz Surfing Club who have surfed Santa Cruz waves since the 1930s.

Hours of operation between July 4 and Labor Day:
Wednesday-Monday, 10AM to 5 PM.

Open Thursday through Monday, noon to 4 p.m. the rest of the year.
Santa Cruz Light Location Santa Cruz, California
Coordinates 3657′05.340″N 12201′36.360″WCoordinates: 3657′05.340″N 12201′36.360″W
Year first constructed 1868
Year first lit 1869
Automated 1941
Construction Brick
Tower shape White lantern house on brick building
Focal height 60 feet (18 m)
Original lens Fifth order Fresnel lens (Removed)
Range 12 nautical miles (14 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 5s
ARLHS number USA-1001
USCG number 6-0305 [1]

Skateboard Museum Simi Valley
4226 Valley Fair, Simi Valley, CA
The Skateboard Museum is and has been 100% FREE since 1997 and is OPEN 7 days a week the same hours as the Skatelab. With 2 permanent locations and several "pop up" displays Skatelab Skateboarding Museums are educating people about The History of Skateboarding worldwide. The Museum inside SKATELAB of California is home to the SKATEBOARDING HALL OF FAME and receives over 50,000 visitors each year. Skatelab has a collection of over 5,000 vintage skateboards as well as skateboarding memorabilia. Skateboard history lives on at Skatelab and the Legends live on in The Skateboarding Hall of Fame.

The Surfing Heritage Foundation Museum and Cultural Center
110 Calle Iglesia San Clemente CA 92672
(949) 388-0313 x0

Museum hours: 11am-5pm, 7 days a week.
Groups by appointment.

Admission is free for current SHF members
$5 for non-members
$4 for students, seniors, and military
Free for children 12 and under

The Surfing Heritage Foundation preserves the history of surfing for future generations. Theye collect, preserve, and document surf craft, print, photos, oral histories, art, cinematography, and surfing memorabilia.

Through education and outreach we tell surfing's story and bring its rich lore to life.


Directions: Exit the 5 Freeway at Ave. Pico and head inland. At Calle Del Cerro make a right (just past the Albertson's parking lot across from San Clemente High School). After cresting the hill (approx. 1.5 miles), make a right onto Calle Iglesia. At the T intersection, make another right (still Calle Iglesia) we're the first parking lot on your right, 110 Calle Iglesia.

United States Bicycling Hall of Fame
303 3rd Street Davis, CA 95616 HOURS Tue-Fri 1-5pm; Sat 10am-2pm CALL 530-341-FAME (3263)
The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame exists to preserve and communicate the rich history of American cycling spanning from the champions of the 1880's to today's elite athletesThe U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame now occupies an 8,000 square foot building in Central Park in downtown Davis. Its collection includes a vast array of bicycles, photographs, awards, posters, periodicals and racing apparel from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, is located at Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Bldg. 3A, in Pomona, California 91768, USA. It houses a collection of memorabilia, automobiles and motorcycles related to the sport of hot rodding. Among other exhibits are one of A.J. Foyt's Coyote Indy Cars, Kenny Bernstein's first dragster to reach speeds in excess of 300 mph (480 km/h), the Bob McClung helmet and photo collection, a collection of Indy 500 credentials and artifacts from early events in the history of land speed records and hot rods. Temporary exhibits have also been created to honor participants in hot rodding including Vic Edelbrock, Don Prudhomme, the 1932 Ford, Track Roadsters, Parnelli Jones and the So-Cal Speed Shop.

In 2008, the Museum began hosting a special exhibition dedicated to Gale Banks and his contributions to the sport of drag racing. The exhibit is entitled "Banks Power: The First 50 Years."

The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. except on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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