Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara

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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has two locations, offering guests the unique opportunity to discover and explore from land to sea.

MUSEUM

2559 Puesta del Sol

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

(805) 682-4711

SEA CENTER

211 Stearns Wharf

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 962-2526
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  • This museum is over 100 years old, but is up to date. They are going through a major renovation right now, which is to be completed next spring. It's still worth going to now. They have many kid-frien...  more »
  • We were greeted by a very nice lady at the front counter where you paid your admission fee. She gave us a brief overview of the museum. That was a nice welcome! It's very small. You can spend about 30...  more »
  • Lots to see. I'm not always a big fan of dead things in cases (and there's a lot of this) but there's variety and a massive blue whale skeleton! Good to get a combined ticket with the the sea centre o...  more »
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  • Planetarium presentation was really cool! Paul had the audience engaged and awed. Always a great place to take a date or a family
  • I loved this place as a kid. I remember constantly being amazed and begging my family to take me there more often. Now that I've come back after 12 years, I'm sad to say that I was a little disappointed. There was only one other person touring the museum that day, which seemed odd because I remember the museum being crowed when I was a kid. I do know that they are renovating certain wings, because they were closed off when I visited, so hopefully the museum will be a little more exciting soon.
  • What a gem to have this level of facility in a town of this size. Dedicated staff work hard to make this such a great museum. Love the Curiosity Lab and the "Backyard" area for children to get to play & interact while they also learn about the natural world!
  • We just went and realized a lot of galleries are closed. Call before you go and use groupon for tickets, $12 for two. If buying tickets at the counter, it's $12 per person. Overall, it's a small cute well-maintained museum. A volunteer/ an instructor, Glenn, is doing a great job showing us how different ocean animals live. Might be because many exhibits are closed, we ended up spending around one hour there.
  • Nice small museum with some really interesting exhibitions. Great for smaller kids because of many interactive experiments. But there are some renovations ongoing, so not all exhibitions are open.

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