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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2936
+1 805-682-4711
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A wonderful family setting or just a great place for an investigative stroll or hike

The grounds are lovely, with a creek flowing by, on the back side, we attended a wedding there and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
doris s
,
goleta
An excellent museum

This museum is over 100 years old, but is up to date. They are going through a major renovation... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
JonSCalifornia
,
Carmel, California
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2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2936
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"butterfly exhibit"
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"t rex"
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"blue whale skeleton"
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"indoor exhibits"
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"special exhibits"
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"chumash indians"
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"great exhibits"
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"great for kids"
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"whole family"
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"kids and adults"
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"on display"
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"sea life"
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"few hours"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The grounds are lovely, with a creek flowing by, on the back side, we attended a wedding there and it was just brilliant, outdoors, under the oak trees, perfect, followed by a delight dinner and reception indoors. They also have a variety of displays happening...More

1  Thank doris s
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

This museum is over 100 years old, but is up to date. They are going through a major renovation right now, which is to be completed next spring. It's still worth going to now. They have many kid-friendly exhibits and a state of the art...More

2  Thank JonSCalifornia
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

We were greeted by a very nice lady at the front counter where you paid your admission fee. She gave us a brief overview of the museum. That was a nice welcome! It's very small. You can spend about 30-45 minutes here and that would...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Lots to see. I'm not always a big fan of dead things in cases (and there's a lot of this) but there's variety and a massive blue whale skeleton! Good to get a combined ticket with the the sea centre on the wharf.

Thank Duncan H
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

Having lived in Santa Barbara for many years with my small children, I can safely say that the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History never failed to entertain. From the great exhibits to the outdoor nature paths, there's always something new to discover. If you...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

We just went and realized a lot of galleries are closed. Call before you go and use groupon for tickets, $12 for two. If buying tickets at the counter, it's $12 per person. Overall, it's a small cute well-maintained museum. A volunteer/ an instructor, Glenn,...More

1  Thank Angie H
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

There is a lot to see and explore. A well done experience so plan on spending some time here, it is worth it. Don't forget to go out back and see the gardens.

Thank havilahsprings
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

This museum is difficult to get to by foot from the Mission, but it was very interesting when we got there. There was a display from the Eyes in the Sky birds of prey group, and we ended up spending about two hours talking to...More

Thank Sophie S
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

wonderful facility, well designed and executed, wonderful and diverse collections. one of the best jellyfish exhibits in the world, worth the drive for the jellyfish alone. museum is integrated with the wildlife sanctuary 'Sea Center', which extends into the bay/ocean.

Thank Perspectech
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

Having visited this museum infrequently for over 30 years, I decided it was time to return. Surprise! I knew they sponsored a rescued raptor project, YET I was fascinated to be within feet of these amazing birds as they perched on branches and the wrists...More

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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..
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