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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  • 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 »
  • Having lived in Santa Barbara for many years with my small children, I can safely say that the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History never failed to entertain. From the great exhibits to the outdoor...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.😂
  • 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.
  • Awesome museum, Rocks, Fossils, Animals, Birds and lots of bugs. Lot of educational information for any age, great interactive exhibits for small children.
  • 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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