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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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We're not your typical structured museum with stiff curators, cold halls, and strict rules. We like to go outside and get our hands dirty, pick things up and take a closer look, laugh, skip, or maybe even jump for joy. Because learning is messy and...more
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2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2936
+1 805-682-4711
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I spent a lovely morning at the museum--beautiful and informative exhibits and a friendly and helpful staff.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Pauline A
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a super museum with a newly designed room for birds and a friendly outdoor area (including docents with live raptors) where grandkids can play in mud. Whale skeleton in front is hughly impressive.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank David M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just like its big brother museum in New York, the stuffed animals in native settings are breathtaking, especially the sea lions and huge bears.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank iramccown
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My college student son wanted to stop here to look at their Chumash exhibit. They have a wonderful collection of artifacts, photographs, and excellent documentation about these people. In addition, they had 5 birds of prey on hand to get up close and personal with....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dadnerd
Reviewed 1 February 2019 via mobile

This museum is surprisingly good for a “local” museum. Obviously you are not going to get the experience of the Field Museum or the Smithsonian, but the displays are comprehensive, large, very well put together, and respectful of both children and adults. This place is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank machrisr2000
Reviewed 15 January 2019

My first visit since the remodel, and WOW! The new exhibits are thought provoking, and the redesigned landscape is a joy to discover. I immediately bought a membership so I could go back again and again.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank skip2go
Reviewed 7 January 2019

After a large remodel, the Santa Barbara museum of Natural history continues to provide educational opportunities for all ages. The backyard of the museum has been upgraded with a very smooth walking trail.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Denny W
Reviewed 8 December 2018

Excellent displays inside as well. And it's relaxing just to walk around the grounds. Several hours are recommended for a visit. It merits return visits.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Paul E
Reviewed 12 November 2018

While viziting & staying in Ventura County ... we meandered north to RE-vizit one of our FAV haunts - the S.B. Museum of Natural History. We had taken all 3 of our ''kids'' there many many times when they were growing up.... but it had...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank wayne963
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I like the Giraffe experience. The zoo where clean and have fresh air in the morning. It's a large zoo with plenty of animals. There was great shops to buy souvenirs and food.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Brenda V
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Go to their web-page, please. $12 for adults and $7-8 for kids Note that $60 memberships are tax-deductible, and there are reduced rates for groups..