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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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Address: 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4711
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Walking

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Lovely little place

We went here on a little stop through Santa Barbara. I love th place! It was nice and quiet with well placed out exhibits of all aspects of natural history of California. It has a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We went here on a little stop through Santa Barbara. I love th place! It was nice and quiet with well placed out exhibits of all aspects of natural history of California. It has a real chilled out peaceful vibe which encourages you to take your time and soak up all the displays on offer. Well documented and catalogued and... More 

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Holbeach, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

My Husband and I love the Spanish feeling architecture of Santa Barbara and the museum proved a wealth of information of how this came to be. Entry to the museum us free, a donation can be made, and it really is worth a visit.

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Reno, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Tucked away in Mission Canyon this is a rustic setting. There is space for a picnic lunch. Admission is nominal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

If you're in the area with your kids and even teenager, make sure you visit the Museum. Besides the exhibitions and great people working there, the entire family will enjoy the magic of the gardens behind the buildings. Trails for the kids to hike and rocks along the way makes you forget for a moment that your on the city... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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54 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Really liked this place. It's a bit out of town with no public transportation other than taxi, but worth the effort to get here. The ornithology exhibit alone is worth the price of admission.

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Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

It is a wonderful place to take and educate children in because it is smaller than most Natural History Museums and so children feel more comfortable in it. You can stay there for about 45 minutes and see a lot of the interesting exhibits.

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Santa Monica, California
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95 reviews 95 reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This museum is in a very quaint old building in a lovely park setting. There are only a few well laid out rooms. The displays are small and easy to view with a great bird room with a wonderful display of various bird eggs. The minerals were also awesome. It would be a great place to introduce children to various... More 

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Buellton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I've been to the museum several times, and there is something there for anyone who enjoys nature and or history. The geology gallery is really neat, especially for kids since they show off some of the colors in the rocks well. There is a very nice insect exhibit as well, and who doesn't like a full-size blue whale skeleton? If... More 

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Morro Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Well worth the price of admission!! ..... Lots to see!!!.....Fun!!!.....We used their map and followed it closely......Every area was open and available to us....We wished we'd packed a snack and picnicked in the back garden area.....must see!

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Long Beach, California
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This museum really sprawls around...some parts are kept up better than others but overall a decent amount of interesting things to see. Probably just 3 stars for the indoor exhibits, but they had an extensive outdoor area along a creek that was a lot of fun for our kids. Lots of rocks to climb on, mature trees providing ample shade,... More 

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