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Experience History, First-Hand!
Tour the world's most authentic, museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship.
Host Your Next Event at The Santa Maria!
Corporate and Group meetings, outings, functions, ship rentals and overnights.
Learning Adventure of a Lifetime!
Group and school tours create a wonderful opportunity for visitors to experiencehistory for themselves!
Welcome aboard the most incredible overnight adventure in History!
Challenge yourself aboard the Santa Maria for a night of adventure exploring the life of a 15th century sailor!
Special Events At and Around The Santa Maria!
Special Events abound at the Santa Maria and the surrounding downtown area.
Review Photos, Sketches and Historical Documentation!
Browse Santa Maria photos, sketches and historical documentation.
Browse and Patronize Our Sponsors!
Find out more about the organizations and individuals that keep the Santa Maria an historic centerpiece of the downtown district.

A Special Thank You
Maintenance funding is covered in part from a grant through the Gordon Chandler Memorial Fundof The Columbus Foundation.

An additional Thank You goes to Sherwin-Williamsfor donating the paint for the ship.

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NOTICE: The Santa Maria ship Museum is currently closed during reconstruction of the Scioto River and the GreenWay Dam Project. She will reopen in Spring 2016. We continue to hold events and fundraisers while she is closed.


The current plans for the Santa Maria is to cut the ship into 10 pieces, crate and store her until enough money is raised to do her restoration. SHE IS IN DANGER OF GOING AWAY FOREVER. We need your help to save this important community asset.

The Santa Maria was built in 1991 to celebrate 500 years since Christopher Columbus made his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. She serves as a history museum offering educational tours and programming. It is an exceptional teaching tool, and not just for history. Mathematics, science and engineering are everywhere: in navigation, rigging and sails, ocean currents, celestial navigation, nutrition, and human endurance. Even the youngest children board the ship with a look of amazement, returning years later for pirate birthday parties and sleep-ins, memorable parts of a childhood.

Before the City of Columbus invests the money needed to build a new docking system and visitor center to replace those demolished to in the GreenWay Dam and Scioto Mile projects, they want assurance that the ship will be sustainable for another 20 years or more. Thus they have asked Santa Maria Inc., the non-profit that operates the ship, to demonstrate community support by raising $990,000 to have her restored, guaranteeing her continued safety and viability for the future.

Letís show the City of Columbus that "we, the people" LOVE THE SANTA MARIA!

Our ask is twofold:
1) Send us a minimum of $10.00:
Checks made out to Columbus Santa Maria Inc., 1111 East Broad Street LL, Columbus, OH 43205 or call the ship during normal business hours, Wednesday thru Friday from 10-3 PM, Saturday and Sunday from noon-5pm. We can do a Visa or MasterCard transaction over the phone or you can fill out the donation form here on the Web site.

2) Forward this request in an email to everyone you know who might have an interest in the Santa Maria, ships, in history or education.

Thank you.
The Santa Maria Staff and Board

THE WORLD WAS FOREVER CHANGED when, in 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail searching for a direct trade route to the Indies. Carrying him was the Santa Maria, a 98-foot wooden "nao", or typical cargo ship.

More than 500 years later, you can tour the world's most authentic, museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship. Guided tours dramatize the daring and determination it took for these explorers to set out on their mission. Fascinating displays show the far-ranging impact of the encounter of two worlds that existed in 1492.

A special thank you goes out to the Ohio Alliance for Art Education and Arts in Ohio for the Franklin County Neighborhood Art Grant to sponsor our 10th Annual Gospel Sail-a-Bration!

Teen Tour Guides:Must be at least 13 years of age. Must work two weekends a month and at least one day a week during the summer. Give tours to the public. A good opportunity to develop communication skills.
Adult Tour Guides:18 years of age or older, must have a background check. Give tours to the public. Weekend and weekday opportunities are available.
Maintenance Volunteers:Must have a background check. Should have some wood working skills but not required. Available to work on weekends. Some projects can be done at home or in the maintenance building i.e. prop repairs, refinishing blocks and tackles etc. Painting and cleaning are also part of the maintenance work.
Grant Writers:Must have experience in Searching and writing grants. Help find funds to operate and/or restore/repair the ship or enhance our current programming etc.
Fundraising:Have experience in fundraising. Seek out opportunities for the ship.

Clean-up around the park and waterways:Pick up trash from the park area, sweep the pavement down by the ship, and clean the waterway using the canoe to reach floating debris. No age requirement. Half a dayís work. Needs to be done in late March, early June and in September.
Ship clean-up:Washing down the ship decks. Cleaning the scuppers (drains along the shipís decks) and along the ribs of the ship with a toothbrush to remove any deposits. Spider web removal from the decks and deck supports. Minor ship repairs or painting. All ages. Half day of work. Needs to be done monthly.
Maintenance and Repairs:The things that need to be done vary greatly from time to time. Some require wood working skills; some are labor intensive i.e. such as caulking the decks Length of time can fluctuate according to the job. This is an ongoing job.
Event Workers:We hold events through out the season, some requiring help to set up or take down tables, chairs, tents etc. or work concession stands. Contact the office or email us about current opportunities. During the Columbus Arts Festival and Navigation Sunday we need scouts to help with making wooden boats for young kids. No age requirements.


Thank you in advance for helping to keep this special event afloat!! Sponsored by the Santa Maria Ship Museum & JAMCo

CLICK HERE, to make an online contribution!

Adult and teen volunteers are needed. For a fun, educational experience, the Santa Maria is looking for tours guides, special event volunteers, carpenters, and maintenance people. Volunteer application available in Adobe PDFFormat.

The Santa Maria pirate party is an absolute one-of-a-kind birthday experience that no child will ever forget. Complete with games, a tour of the ship, pirate hats, goody bags, cake and punch, this one and a half hour children's party is an incredible bargain at just $295.00 for up to 20 guests.

Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Each additional child is $15. Call 614.645.8760 for more information and to reserve your birthday date...TODAY!

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Santa Maria 2014
Calendar of Events
14 Gospel Sail-a-Bration: 3pm-9pm
Bicentennial Park along the downtown riverfront

Free entertainment, live music, and childrenís activities

A chance to Sail-A-Brate cultural diversity; local citizens will display their talent and creativity through positive messaging and provide an opportunity to explore local resources for families. The Sail-A-Bration is a combined event between Santa Maria Ship Museum, JAMCO and Tru Rob Counseling and Consultation

Sponsors and advertisers include Wingstop, 31 Gifts, and GVE. For more information Click Here
19 The Santa Maria Golf Outing 2014:11am-5pm
Mentel Memorial Golf Course
6005 Alkire Road
Galloway, OH 43119

$100-individual $400 team. Includes an excellent lunch with best meatballs in town, goody bag for each player, snacks and drinks on the course, door prizes and prizes for the winning team raffle. Call 614-645-8760 or download the flyer (Page 1 - Page 2) to register. All money is used for maintenance on the ship.
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