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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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Address: 2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2936
Phone Number: +1 805-682-4711
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great for kids

small museum that houses a lot of artifacts and fossils. A fee to enter. get ready to spend about 2 hours tops. another fee to watch the stargazing film.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
PURPLEYAMS
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Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

small museum that houses a lot of artifacts and fossils. A fee to enter. get ready to spend about 2 hours tops. another fee to watch the stargazing film.

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Santa Barbara, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the best venue to take your kids for so many reasons. It is affordable, it has an amazing variety of sites to see and is clean, neat and authentic.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has now expanded from its Mission site to the Sea Center location at the pier giving all wonderful exposure to sea life as well as dinosaurs, minerals, trips to the stars, and visits to butterflies coming alive and in your face. The best part of this museum is its diversity of real life experiences from Athena the OWL... More 

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SF, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very small museum. Good for a 1 hour visit, but not much more than that. We thought there would be more exhibits.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is a great little museum for kids. There's plenty that adults can learn about here as well. It's just around the corner from the Mission, but doesn't attract the hordes on buses. This was a nostalgic return visit for my husband (age 71), who used to come all the time as a child living nearby. Before we arrived, he... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I'm a member of the Museum. I'd love to see some of it get updated especially on the inside. It's really quaint and a lot of the dioramas have some sad, dusty taxidermy. Some of this taxidermy smells... bad. The planetarium is small, but the guy that runs the shows is *super* knowledgeable. The videos he's forced to show need... More 

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Thank Adri H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This beautiful museum wishing walking distance of the city founding mission is tucked in a typical Santa Barbara sycamore canyon. The setting is both a calming and educational experience. Recent efforts to "modernize" and "digitize " this museum been beaten back.. for now. Take no chance, visit soon, before curation homogenize it's charm way.

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Ojai, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Always changing exhibits and displays. Beautiful gardens to walk through. Lots of history of Santa Barbara.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This Museum is not only excellent for children but to adult as well. They have always new exhibitions and activities.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We were here a few years ago and liked it so much that it was something we wanted to see again. They have added a new bird exhibit and another exhibit that I don't know how to classify, but all very interesting and educational.

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