Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, Santa Barbara

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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 wasn't on my original schedule, but while doing the obligatory Stearn's Wharf visit, I decided to quickly see this too. It's a small marine center built on the pier, over the water. It's a... 
    This wasn't on my original schedule, but while doing the obligatory Stearn's Wharf visit, I decided to quickly see this too. It's a small marine center built on the pier, over the water. It's a...  more »
  • This place is tiny, but it is magical. The exhibits kept my children entertained and the staff was very knowledgeable. All the animals they had came straight from the harbor. 
    This place is tiny, but it is magical. The exhibits kept my children entertained and the staff was very knowledgeable. All the animals they had came straight from the harbor.  more »
  • A fun day is to be had here. Anyone can learn a lot at the SB Museum of Natural History. Catered to kids but not limited from the adult. I went with my significant other and we both enjoyed our time....  more
    A fun day is to be had here. Anyone can learn a lot at the SB Museum of Natural History. Catered to kids but not limited from the adult. I went with my significant other and we both enjoyed our time....  more »
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  • Small, but very reasonably priced oceanic learning center and petting zoo. My kids had a blast touching sharks, rays, starfish, sea cucumbers, and snails. There is also a live observatory where they dredge sand from the seafloor for you to sift and look for creatures. Also, there is a good selection of other live creatures for you to observe. Lots of bang for a few bucks a head, and kids are free!!
  • Small, but well organized aquarium with a number of interactive exhibits - small touch pools and educational kiosks. The friendly staff are available to answer questions and provide information to add to the intimate experience. Great for small children. Plan for about 1 hour to fully enjoy the exhibits and visit the gift shop.
  • It was a little small but they keep the place very good. Workers were very nice and they told us many great facts about the exhibitions. We had lots of fun.
  • Wow. This place is GREAT. We were there the first day of reopening. The first floor is filled with touch tanks that include sharks and seastars and anenomes. The second floor is more a standard aquarium with local fish. My toddler spent at least a half hour building the Channel Islands with the kinetic sand. The staff/volunteers were friendly and so informative. We talked to a volunteer for couldn't have been more than 15 years old who told us all about whale teeth. It's great that everyone was so passionate and excited to have visitors. We'll be back many more times!
  • Loved it here! Cool interactive displays, great friendly staff, pretty cheap and really informative. Worth the visit if you're out that way and looking for something to do.

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