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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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Fun for the whole family!

Having lived in Santa Barbara for many years with my small children, I can safely say that the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paris, France
A small cute museum

We just went and realized a lot of galleries are closed. Call before you go and use groupon for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Angie H
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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

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 4 weeks ago 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 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
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

Thank suzannesuz
Reviewed 10 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
Reviewed 10 June 2017

I planned this visit so we could attend the Planetarium show. What a disappointment, very unprofessional. The man who spoke had a cough, his laser pointer didn't work and I really didn't learn much, he seemed very dis-jointed in his information. Perhaps the non working...More

1  Thank napiligal
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Fantastic knowledge on our drive by in our Hot Rod Limo. We are looking to come back and take a tour.

Thank Readysaidgo
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

My boy loved the sea animal room and the butterfly room along with the outdoor area. There's a good number of subjects covered. If you want a sob story read about the Chumach in the native peoples room.

Thank Michael R
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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..