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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Admission
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“t rex”(9 reviews)
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 1 week ago via mobile

We came primarily to see the top 50 photos from National Geographic. It was well worth the visit for that alone - the pictures were stunning as well as the “behind-the-picture” blurbs they gave about each photo and how it came about. The wildlife exhibits...More

Thank Calvin F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had some free time during Fiesta week, paid the museum a visit. Senior discount for a nice little museum. Exhibits on pygmy mammoths (who knew?), Chumash Indians, fish and wildlife. One hall for "exploration" with some hands-on experiences for the kits. Worth an hour or...More

Thank 65oski
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Okay, I'm biased! My uncles collected all the birds and mammals that are displayed in the Museum. Look for the mounted rattlesnake just inside the museum. My uncle made it and it's been delighting people since the late 40s.

Thank dano628
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recommended if you enjoy animal dioramas.Special exhibit this summer of National Geo's 50 greatest photos of all time.

Thank lanaleah
Reviewed 10 July 2018

There is an extensive collection of birds and eggs from California. The model of the blue whale outside was amazing.

Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed 24 June 2018

Most awesome exhibit of National Geographic photographs from around the world. All the exhibits were so detailed and gave you the feeling that you were right there in the natural habitat.

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 21 June 2018

Took my grand daughter and a friend, lots of fun for the kids, rode the train, the kids fed the giraffes and were excited too see the gorillas..

Thank csosa1950
Reviewed 18 June 2018

This museum is such a great place to visit in Santa Barbara, especially for families with children. There are so many things for children to do here, both at the museum itself and also at the Sea Center down on Stearns Wharf - when you...More

1  Thank HappyTrails12345
Reviewed 28 May 2018

This is a great museum. I love the bird exhibit with birds and eggs in the nest. The paintings in the dioramas are excellent.

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 17 May 2018

This is a great museum for a small city. Wish I had more time to spend there. The collections include some interesting mammal, fish and bird collections (including a huge whale skeleton outside the building). The archeology section draws from the region and is very...More

Thank trainfan2000
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Response from 336Chas | Reviewed this property |
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..