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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Address: 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4711
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Ranked #17 of 57 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Walking
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Dillon, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We had the kids for the weekend away and this place is so kid friendly. I was hoping to find somewhere that enterained all of us and this did the trick! The grounds are so clean and the place was beautifully kept. The natural landscape and location is what makes it!

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Palo Alto, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
18 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Tucked back behind the Old Mission in Santa Barbara in a wonderful adobe environment, is a very delightful and intimate museum about the natural history of Santa Barbara and it's surrounding areas. A wonderful place to bring your children for an afternoon adventure. Or just a stroll around it gardens.

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Bayside, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Fascinating exhibits and interpretive signs on the grounds. Did not expect such intensive experience. Chumash room is not-to-be-missed.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is a sweet little museum, a little randomly laid out, perhaps, but I believe that is the result of some re-arranging and adding on after a fire. It's small and manageable for kids, with several hands-on displays, and various rooms for mammals, birds, insects, ocean life, butterflies, and the Chumash Indians. We especially liked the display cases of nests... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

When on Sterns Wharf head into the Sea Centre especially if you have kids - this is a hands on environment where they are anxious to share their knowledge. It was quite expensive and we were done in about 1hour however my son was anxious to fish and didn't want to hang about too long. There were many hands on... More

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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We went late in the day here and wished we had gone earlier. There is a lot to see for such a small town museum. They had a butterfly pavillion that is better than the one in Los Angeles. And the grounds are amazing for adults and kids. My seven year old could have played all day. If you have... More

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San Marcos, California
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85 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Not bad but not very interesting. Some decent exhibits but overall not worth the time and money. The worst part is how confusing the museum layout is. Seems like they randomly put things together over the years,

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Santa Cruz, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is one of the best small natural history museums that I've ever visited. A local Santa Barbara landscape Painter, Ray Strong, created the extraordinary dioramas. There is a wide diversity of local birds, mammals, and butterflies. A planetarium, art gallery, and many other exhibits are featured, and the outdoor paths along Mission Creek affords natural light after viewing the... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a comfortable, old-fashioned museum with fascinating exhibits. The yearly butterfly exhibit is an absolute highlight. Worth taking the family, always fun and comforting. The grounds are beautiful as well. One of the best spots in Santa Barbara.

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Indio, California
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This is a wonderfully laid out museum both inside and out. We loved the backyard where you could wander down trails by a stream where buckets, pans and shovels awaited those who really wanted to dig in. Or wander over a bridge to explore more of what the landscape had in store. The butterfly exhibit was enchanting. Especially to see... More

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