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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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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 2 weeks ago
Carmel, California
Great place for kids. Ok for adults.

We were greeted by a very nice lady at the front counter where you paid your admission fee. She... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Rhea R
Los Angeles, California
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2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2936
+1 805-682-4711
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank JonSCalifornia
Reviewed 3 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

Thank Rhea R
Reviewed 25 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
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

Thank michellekaram
Reviewed 20 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
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
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
Reviewed 17 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
Reviewed 5 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

Thank suzannesuz
Reviewed 9 June 2017

This little museum provides a good look at the natural history of the Santa Barbara area, as well as a good introduction to the local flora and fauna. The section on the history of the Chumash, the native American tribe that lived in the area...More

1  Thank house2008
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31 December 2014|
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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..