Plan Your Adventure!
Hours, rates & directions -- everything you need to know to plan your adventure.
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 is closed. No plans for her reopening is scheduled at this time.

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 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.


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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