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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  • July 5, 2017
    Having visited this museum infrequently for over 30 years, I decided it was time to return. Surprise! I knew they sponsored a rescued raptor project, YET I was fascinated to be within feet of these am...  more »
  • June 9, 2017
    This little museum provides a good look at the natural history of the Santa Barbara area, as well as a good introduction to the local flora and fauna. The section on the history of the Chumash, the na...  more »
  • June 9, 2017
    I planned this visit so we could attend the Planetarium show. What a disappointment, very unprofessional. The man who spoke had a cough, his laser pointer didn't work and I really didn't learn much, h...  more »
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  • July 11, 2017
    I have been going to this museum since I was 10 years old. I am impressed on how the kept the old nature scenes from my days and integrated more modern info. It also makes more sense now that I'm older. Love the interactive mineral room, fossil room and mammal room.
  • June 19, 2017
    Great day with the family. Saw 2 live owsl, red tail hawk, falcon Chumash Indian exhibit. Ocean habitat and life under the ocean. Too many things to remember. What an adventure.😂
  • June 3, 2017
    A great place to take kids. They have interactive things that make it fun!! We went on a field trip there and it was great.
  • June 14, 2017
    Awesome museum, Rocks, Fossils, Animals, Birds and lots of bugs. Lot of educational information for any age, great interactive exhibits for small children.
  • May 30, 2017
    It is not grand as Chicago's Field Museum or American Museum of Natural History in NYC. But, SB has its own: The best collection of Chumash Indian's heritage, especially basketry.

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