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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Walking

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Lovely Grounds; Mix of Exhibits

This museum is on some lovely grounds with beautiful shade trees and a creek running behind. The exhibits are an odd mixture, from early Native American history to monster... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Bishop, CA
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Bishop, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This museum is on some lovely grounds with beautiful shade trees and a creek running behind. The exhibits are an odd mixture, from early Native American history to monster whales. The exhibits weren't always easy to find in one building or the next with various entrances and exits, easy to miss one. I went to see the "lost woman of... More 

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Newport Beach, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This museum has always been a great little spot. Despite the size, they always seem to land large and awesome traveling exhibits! What makes this museum so great is the collection they have. It's a great museum! We recently went to see the Megladon! Had a nice time :)

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Janesville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I've been visiting the museum since I was a boy--75 years ago. It has progressed and developed into a stop for real science and history--all this in a setting that is typical SB, charming, tree-shaded, stonework, stream nearby. Make the stop--especially with your kids.

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Bakersfield, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We all loved this place , the huge whale bones are great. It was fun and we learned a thing or two. Looks like a little museum but we just kept finding more to explore

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Huntington, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Terrific natural history museum...from the huge whale skeleton outside to the butterfly exhibit- lots of great exhibits and very kid friendly! worth a visit!

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Interesting museum. We got the combined ticket to both the natural history museum and the museum on the wharf. My daughter (9years old) is very interested in science stuff. We spent 4 hours there. Especially liked the museum backyard and the raptors. They also had the megalodon exhibit when we visited, which is where we spent a lot of time.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

If you happen to be in Santa Barbara this is a nice place to stop in. The exhibits are good but the museum isn't that big.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is a beautiful museum for adults! Kids 7 and 9 zoomed by everything even when we would stop ourselves to explain. The hit was the "Backyard" which has large rocks, a creek bed, bamboo poles for building an Indian Teepee. And there was a rope you pulled to show how long a whale actually can be. The whale bones... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

What a treasure! I was so impressed at the amount of information and the ways in which it is all presented. The museum has something for everyone and includes a lot of outdoor space as well. There are exhibits on birds, mammals, insects, ocean life, early Indian inhabitants, and so much more. Truly fascinating. Definitely allow at least a couple... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Great museum with some interactive displays. Go during 'Butterflies Alive' for a magical experience.

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SBnature, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your recommendation Monica M! Though the "Butterflies Alive" exhibit was closed this year due to new upgrades, I hope that you will join us next year in summer 2016! More 

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