National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

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Maritime Heritage: Exhibits

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Shipwrecks Exhibit at the Coastal Discovery Center, San Simeon Bay (Credit: NOAA)

The following exhibits and points of interest provide the public with the unique opportunity to learn about the region's rich maritime history through historic shipwrecking events and what archaeologists and historians are learning from current field research at the sites.