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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-682-4711
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Ranked #19 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
Activities: Walking
Traveler Description: Museum of Natural History 2559 Puesta del Sol Road Santa Barbara, 93105 805-682-4711 (General Information) 805-682-4711 x174 (Observatory/Plan... more »
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Northern California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great sized natural history museum for kids. Outstanding historic building and location. Wonderful collections, and exhibits of all kinds. Beautiful seasonal butterfly exhibit!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

There was a lot to see at this museum, and we especially enjoyed the butterfly pavilion. There were some walking trails that we could have taken, but it was kind of warm that day. All in all it was an interesting place to visit.

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Ventura, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I sometimes wish there were less "plastic" exhibits, but the museum does present a historical and geological/ oceanography perspective of the area. We were fortunate this past weekend to arrive there so see the best butterfly exhibit we've seen (just visited the butterfly place near Victoria B.C. which to me did not compare to this one). It was a joy,... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is another wonderful Santa Barbara experience, an adult can enjoy and share with friends or family!! A must "SEE EVENT"!!

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Santa Barbara, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

SB Museum of Natural History is beautiful inside and out, with lots of interesting exhibits for adults and kids. The gem and mineral collection is beautiful, with a cave and huge crystals you can touch. The Astronomy hall is fun and has interactive exhibits. If you like Chumash artifacts, this is the place. Don't miss the great bird exhibit, and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This museun was our first stop on a day trip from Oxnard to Santa Barbara. My husband and I brought our four kids (8,6,4,2) and we all had a wonderful time. We bought the annual family membership ($80) which gives you free admission to all their planetarium shows as well as the Ty Warner Sea center down on the wharf.... More

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DC
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47 reviews 47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

~ love it while exploring Santa Barbara, really neat and clean. Met other explores who shared the same experience. With the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, it is a must visit.

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Colton, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Definitely visit this museum when they are having their "Butterflies Alive" exhibit. They have a large butterfly garden inside of a greenhouse. There are butterflies everywhere... even landing on you at times. (We were there on a cloudy day; supposedly they are even more active on sunny days). My 6 year old son had a butterfly land on his hand.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Try going when the butterfly exhibit is there; that was by far our favorite part of the visit. The rest of the museum is a bit on the older side, but it's located in a beautiful setting. Pack a picnic, and make a day out of it!

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

What an awesome jewel the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is in the Santa Barbara community. Both of these locations have outstanding exhibits and activities. I look forward each month to looking up what is available.

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