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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2936
+1 805-682-4711
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All reviews whale skeleton planetarium shows bird exhibit extensive collection bird room blue whale chumash indians all ages great exhibits special exhibit sea center whole family any age sea life worth the trip few hours great place to visit
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 6 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 7 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 11 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
Reviewed 20 August 2018

I went to see the Magazine covers of National Geographic and it was worth the trip - we spent quite a bit of time looking at the covers and reading about how they were filmed, what was happening at the time of the picture etc...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Barbara F
Reviewed 6 August 2018 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank OkayCal
Reviewed 4 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 65oski
Reviewed 21 July 2018

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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank dano628
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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..