Old Spanish Days – Fiesta

Santa Barbara, CA. July 31 - August 4, 2024

Tours of the San Salvador Tallship

Saturday, August 05, 2023 from 10:00 AM to Sunday, August 06, 2023 to 02:00 PM

The San Salvador is scheduled to arrive on Friday, August 4. Free public dockside tours will occur on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, 2023:

·      Saturday, August 5: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

·      Sunday, August 6: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Dockside and shipboard exhibits include text panels explaining San Salvador’s mission and tell about:

  • the people she encountered along the California Pacific Coast,
  • who was who on board, and 
  • the ship’s construction. (Why doesn’t it have a ship’s wheel?)

Stepping on board, visitors will be immersed in the year 1542, as they wander the deck as though the crew left a few minutes earlier. Below deck will be a modern-day museum exhibit gallery.

A National Parks Service interpreter will help orient the visiting public before they board the ship. Additionally, trained Santa Barbara Maritime Museum volunteers will be aboard helping and answering questions.