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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

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Address: 211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA
Phone Number: +1 805-962-2526
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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is located on...

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is located on Stearns Wharf and fulfills the mission of the Museum to inspire a passion for the natural world.

At the Sea Center visitors of all ages can enjoy interactive exhibits, opportunities to work like scientists, a theater showcasing the wonders of the Santa Barbara Channel, hands-on close encounters with sea creatures, and a live shark touch pool. Children can crawl through a 1,500-gallon tidepool tank to see ocean life from a different perspective. The Sea Center is an engaging, interactive marine education facility that allows visitors to discover the fun in science and the wonders of the natural world.

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Great Small Museum for Kids/Families

We happened to visit this museum on a free day, so I can't speak to the entrance fees to this museum. The exhibits are nice and we'll executed. My kids particularly enjoyed the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were staying in the area and looking for a good experience for our 7 and 10 year old grand kids. We researched the website and some of the reviews before taking a chance. It was great! The helpful staff introduced the kids to touching the marine life and provided ample explanations for everything. There was a wide variety available.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We happened to visit this museum on a free day, so I can't speak to the entrance fees to this museum. The exhibits are nice and we'll executed. My kids particularly enjoyed the kids exploration area. We should have stayed there longer. I enjoyed the cultural section of the museum. It's a great museum to visit with children, due to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small but well curated touch pools with sharks,shell animals and jellyfish. Great for family fun , nice hands on experience with microscopes and sediment from bay.

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Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved all of the hands on activities for visitors of all ages. My favorite exhibit was of a dolphin that had undergo a necropsy. Very interesting. The volunteers were excellent....a real plus for the Museum.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This lovely setting with a number of community events on weekends offers much for locals and visitors alike. This unique museum focuses on Santa Barbara and provides an important opportunity to learn about the local nature and culture. Check out the Bird Hall with Ray Strong's famous pantings of local bird habitats.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

This is one of the reciprocal museums to our hometown museum, so with free entry, it was a no brainer. My kid loved touching everything, and we could do it in less than an hour, so valet parking was free out on the pier.

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Port Hueneme, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Having seen toddlers overwhelmed at the huge aquariums in Monterey and Long Beach, we decided to take our three-and-a-half year old grandson to the less visited Stearn's Wharf Aquarium on August 25, 2016. He was delighted to be provided with several opportunities to actually touch a baby shark, a starfish and a sea anemone. He also spent a great deal... More 

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Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

My toddler and preschooler enjoyed the hands-on activities and the walk-through tank that was made just for their size. We enjoyed walking through the jelly-fish exhibit and most of the staff were very eager to share knowledge and information. The Sea Center is in a great location right on the pier. We enjoyed our visit. My only complaint is that... More 

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

I was traveling down the coast from San Fran heading to the LA with my 5 yr old granddaughter. We decided to stop in Santa barbara and since I have a Boston Science Museum pass I knew I could get into this museum for free. I am glad I had it because I wouldnt have been happy paying to go... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We spent about 45 minutes here. Touch tanks and the preserved dolphin were cool. We parked in the city lot nearby and also did the carousel at Chase Palm. Good afternoon

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