Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara

Natural History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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  • I decided to pop into Santa Barbara while staying in Solvang, and this was one of my day trips. I actually found it accidentally, as I had driven past the mission (looking for a turn around) and saw.....  more »
  • Tucked away in the foothills along Mission Creek, this Spanish colonial property tells the story of the area's indigenous origins, displays animals native to the region in Mammal Hall, the diversity.....  more »
  • We went for two hours before close (3-5) on a weekday and seemingly had the place to ourselves. Has something for kids of all ages. Nice property close to downtown.  more »
  • This is a great small natural history museum. A must see if you make that second trip to Santa Barbara. The building and the grounds are beautiful and cool even on the hottest days, of which there aren't many in Santa Barbara. They have a regular butterfly exhibit which is very interesting and beautiful. We also saw a bunch of very well set up and designed animatronics dinosaurs in their dinosaurs exhibit. Kids would love it. Stroll along the woodlands trail outside the museum.
  • I hadn't been here for several years. It brought back many nice memories. Our grandchildren loved the dinosaur exhibit & we all enjoyed butterfly's alive. I was the lucky one to have one land on my shoulder!! 😀♥️
  • Kids absolutely love it. There’s an amazing butterfly enclosure. Outdoor dinosaur garden is fantastic, when it is not too hot. All the indoor exhibits are great. We keep coming back to this fantastic museum.
  • The tour of the museum that was made by the teen interns was informative but was not very clear and it didn't seem as the guides weren't very enthusiastic about guiding the tour. The museum is small and informative, time spent there was around one to two hours. The exhibits are old and you won’t see anything that doesn’t exist in the big museum, the Jurassic Park prop adds something unique to the museum. I would recommend visiting here only if you have a lot of time to spend in Santa Barbara and I wouldn’t choose this location for a 1-2 day time in the area as there are better things to do that would be more interesting, overall it’s a thing of taste but usually I really like Natural History museums and this museum did not live up to my expectations.
  • We love stopping by when they have the birds and docents. Always something interesting happening. And today we watched a butterfly emerge from its cocoon!

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