Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara

(4.4/5 based on 220+ 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.

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're from out of state and came here with family and young kids. We loved it. From the ginormous whale out in front to the different buildings with new adventures inside. It was worth the trip to vis...  more »
  • אולמות המוזיאון מציגים נושאים הקשורים למגוון נושאים מעולם הטבע - דגים ובעלי חיים ימיים, תצוגת אבנים מרהיבה בשלל גוונים וצורות, אולמות המציגים סוגי חרקים, יונקים למיניהם, מאובנים ועוד. אולם פעילות לילד...  more »
  • We decided to go the museum because we had planned a quick vacation in Santa Barbara and the weather was looking grim. The museum itself sits up in the hills behind the Mission. It is composed a varie...  more »
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  • I came on the day Sue was being boxes up and shipped away. It was very quiet and the "backyard" was nice to walk around and explore. I was getting ready to leave when I was invited to go behind the scenes to where the research takes place. It was so fasinating and educational. We were allowed to see things that the general public misses out on. They have this feature once a month and it's a must see!
  • 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.
  • Fun and informative. Kids center is well done. Walking the grounds is beautiful.
  • 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.