Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has two locations, offering guests the unique opportunity to discover and explore from land to sea.


2559 Puesta del Sol

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

(805) 682-4711


211 Stearns Wharf

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 962-2526
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  • Always changing exhibits and displays. Beautiful gardens to walk through. Lots of history of Santa Barbara. 
  • This Museum is not only excellent for children but to adult as well. They have always new exhibitions and activities. 
  • We were here a few years ago and liked it so much that it was something we wanted to see again. They have added a new bird exhibit and another exhibit that I don't know how to classify, but all very i...  read more »
  • This is a very lovely and well-planned small natural history museum with a planetarium and a generous outdoor/trail/hiking area that is the highlight of the property. Our young children like to play in the man-made creek in the backyard area. It is also possible when the creek is not too full to climb down into the creekbed and explore for some distance. The natural setting is superb and highly representative of the area. Museum membership also includes membership to the Ty Warner Sea Center and can be used at a number of other museums. We have used our membership to gain free admission to the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California.
  • Excellent exhibits both permanent and temporary. One room changes themes for children to be hands on and explore with helpful staff. Many other rooms with exhibits behind glass and artistically designed. Amazing Bird exhibit. Butterfly Pavilion from May to September. Planetarium shows. Tyrannosaurus Rex, Megaladon, and other exhibits have temporary displays. Complete whale skeleton greets visitors as they leave parking lot. Trails to explore along edge of property. Eyes in the Sky raptor rescue with a variety of owls, falcons, a red tail hawk, and more.
  • Spent the day with the family and thoroughly enjoyed each exhibit. Our first time there so we didn't know there was an outdoor picnic area. Next time we will bring a nice picnic lunch to enjoy with us. All in all a very fun time.
  • It'd a super neat museum that has a very vintage feel to it and has a lot of open space. I always enjoy coming here cause it tells a lot about the area of Santa Barbara. Also they change out the exhibits a few times a year as well so they always have something new coming in as well.
  • Awesome exhibits, the kids absolutely loved running around looking at the taxidermied animals.
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