Hours, rates & directions -- everything you
need to know to plan your adventure.
Tour the world's most authentic, museum-quality
replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship.
Corporate and Group meetings, outings,
functions, ship rentals and overnights.
Group and school tours create a wonderful opportunity for
visitors to experiencehistory for themselves!
Challenge yourself aboard the Santa Maria
for a night of adventure exploring the life of a 15th century sailor!
Special Events abound at the Santa
Maria and the surrounding downtown area.
Browse Santa Maria photos, sketches
and historical documentation.
Find out more about the
organizations and individuals that keep the Santa Maria an historic centerpiece of the
Special Thank You Maintenance
funding is covered in part from a grant through the Gordon Chandler
The Columbus Foundation.
An additional Thank You goes to Sherwin-Williamsfor donating the paint for the ship.
SHIP TEMPORARILY CLOSING The city is closing the
Santa Maria on October 19, 2013 in order to continue work on the Greenway Dam removal project. We are
scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2016. As such, The Haunted Ship Events
initially scheduled for October 24-26th have been cancelled.
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.
FRANKLIN COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD ART GRANT! 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!
More Info & Application 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.
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES-
More Info & Application 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 day’s 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 ship’s 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.
HELP KEEP THE SANTA MARIA SHIP/MUSEUM AFLOAT! Help the Santa Maria stay afloat in this difficult economic
climate. School tours and Overnight programming have suffered due to the recession and cuts in school budgets.
In order to continue offering guided tours, educational in-depth programming and diversity events on a full-size
preservation such as ours, continuous maintenance is necessary. The rising cost of restoration and preservation
combined with a loss of grant money, declining numbers of school tours and Overnight participants has taken a
toll on our budget.
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 formhere 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.
The Santa Maria Staff and Board
ALL HANDS ON DECK!
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.
CHILDREN'S PIRATE BIRTHDAY PARTY!
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!
Santa Maria 2013
Calendar of Events
Season Opening Day: 10-3pm
Opening Weekend:Noon-5 PM All tours $2, under the age of 5 is free.
Season Opening Ceremony:with opening ceremonies starting at noon.
The local chapter of Sea Cadets will present a flag raising ceremony along with patriotic music and cannon
fire. The Hard Tackers group will entertain our visitors with Sea Chanties from 1-2pm.
Pirates Weekend:Pirate re-enactors from around
the country will take over the ship with an educational and fun look at Pirates during
the 18th century. Historical information is provided by costumed pirate interpreters
and the Santa Maria Staff as you take a self guided tour of the ship. Approximately 2 PM
the Pirates will storm the ship with lots of gun fire and cannons. Romance your
imagination with a little bit of family fun. Tours are $3 for youth 5-17, $4 for Adults
and Seniors 60 plus are $3.50.
Memorial Day:Open 12nn-5pm
Gospel Sail-A-Bration:The Gospel-Sail-A-Bration is a
diversity event showcasing talent from around the state, a fashion show and children’s
activities 3-8 PM. The event is free.
Closed:for Red, White & Boom
4th of July:Open from 12nn-5pm
Navigation Sunday: We celebrate the beginning of
Christopher Columbus’ first voyage from 12nn-6pm. NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict,
the Columbus Zoo will not be able to participate in this year's Navigation Sunday event.
Labor Day:Open from 12nn-5pm
Santa Maria Golf Benefit:Held at Mentel Memorial
Golf Course. Sponsorships available. All monies received are
used for ship maintenance. More info to come...
Talk like a Pirate Weekend:Learn to talk the talk. Ask our
pirate interpreters a question and they will give you all the historic information or just
listen to them give accounts of the pirates from the 18th century. 11am-5pm each day.