After 25 years of planning and fundraising, the Maritime Museum opened to the public on Saturday.
Vice President of Operations Larry Newland says the museum is all about preserving the legacy and celebrating the maritime village that is Morro Bay.
He says one of his favorite exhibits is about the Montebello Incident in Morro Bay during World War II.
“What a lot of people don’t realize is that Morro Bay and the Central Coast were brought into World War II early on and so there were Japanese submarines right off of our coast and so you’ll see some exhibits related to that,” Newland said.
There is still work to be done. Currently the museum is 80 percent complete but it is open to the public and free to visit every Saturday for the rest of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.