Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, Santa Barbara

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Aquarium · Natural History Museum
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, briefly known as the Ty Warner Sea Center, is a museum owned and operated by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and is located on Santa Barbara's Stearns Wharf. The Sea Center focuses on the marine life and the related conservation of the Santa Barbara Channel.
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  • This is another stop we made on our SB Trolley Tour a good enlightenment of the California area and SB history  more »
  • I've been coming here since I went to school at UCSB in 1981, and always enjoy myself and learn something. Absolutely beautiful facilities. The exhibits are a bit dated and could use some cleaning.....  more »
  • The Center boasts multiple interactive marine life activities for anyone of almost any age. All docents were eager to explain exhibits and encourage visual and tactile marine life exploration. This...  more »
  • Great place! Most of the staff is super knowledgeable about local sea life and the ecology. Feeding the sharks was amazing. However, one staff member was a tad argumentative about a particular shark I have a lot of experience with. (He remained professional and was admittedly not as familiar as I was. No big deal. He's a good guy. )
  • Amazing little Aquarium for Kids who love sea animals. My kids 4.5 and 7 enjoyed touching the sharks and the rays, the sea stars and the anemones in this little gem. The staff is helpful and eager to share their knowledge! Even though its on the smaller size, and doesn’t have a lot of exhibits, the exhibits it does have are awesome and very well taken care of.
  • Located on the North end of Sterns WHarf this small Sea Center has a nice variety of exhibits including a touch tank for small sharks and small tide pool critters. There are several tanks and a tide pool display. This is a great place for visitors and locals to see some of the local sea life. The staff is friendly and helpful and families with children should enjoy the interactive nature of the exhibits. There is a modest admission fee.
  • Had a great time on a weekend trip to Santa Barbara. There are a ton of little exhibits for a buddong naturalist covering local nature plus bigger topics like climate change. As a science teacher, I love museums and a chance to learn and there was plenty to keep me occupied. It wasn't crowded so that was nice with nearby free parking. If o had little ones, it'd be a great morning adventure and it's a great afternoon date. Lots to see and talk about plus learn!
  • Cure place. Looks like a scaled down version of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. More of a little kid place and smaller than I expected, but it entertained the 2 teenagers I had with me for almost an hour. I can not deny that how they go about it is top shelf! The place is as well laid out as you could ask for, immaculate almost to a fault, and absolutely everything about how the staff perform their jobs is first class, all the way. They were friendly, attentive, and seemed knowledgeable.

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