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Help Keep the Santa Maria Ship/Museum Afloat!

Because of the recession, our major grant funder will not be able to guarantee grant money for us next year. The Santa Maria is able to pay its seasonal staff and programming from revenue obtained thru general admission tours, rentals, overnight in-depth educational programs and diversity events but we depend on grant money for additional operations, ship maintenance and supplies. We are asking your help to keep us afloat until we are able to secure another grant(s).

Our ask is twofold:
1) Send us a minimum of $5.00:
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-5 PM. We can do a Visa or MasterCard transaction over the phone or fill out the donation form below.

2) Forward this in an email to everyone you know. If you know of someone who might have an interest in the Santa Maria, ships, in history or education, and they do not have email, please send me their address ( and I will mail them this letter.

Thank you for your help during this difficult time.

Linda Ketcham
Executive Director
Columbus Santa Maria Inc.
Office 614.645.8760
Ship 614.645.0351

Thank you for choosing to support the Columbus Santa Maria. To donate, simply enter a whole dollar amount below and click the "Donate Now!" button:
  1. Enter a Donation Amount (minimum $5.00):


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The Santa Maria is a full-size historical preservation of Christopher Columbus’ flagship used as a history museum. We are a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) organization.

The Santa Maria was built in 1991 to commemorate the 500th year since Columbus’ first voyage. Columbus Ohio is the largest city in the world named after the explorer. We serve between 16,000 and 18,000 visitors annually of all ages from around the world.

Our purpose is to educate and interpret the first voyage of Columbus and to serve as the flagship for the city of Columbus Ohio. (The Santa Maria is represented on the city flag.

Our “Seeds of Change” Visitor/Education Center was opened in 2003 with additional displays about how this voyage changed the world, both good and bad, forever.

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