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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 #23 of 69 attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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southern california
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85 reviews 85 reviews
42 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed our time at the History Museum. Exhibits were interesting. Lots of different subjects to explore. The grounds are beautiful. Kids love exploring in the backyard. Staff is friendly.

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new jersey
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303 reviews 303 reviews
57 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Great museum lots to see. I really enjoyed the Grizzly Bear exhibit and the Chumish Indian exhibit. It is a beautiful old museum with beautiful grounds a great gift shop.

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San Francisco, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
32 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Nice exhibits, interesting and educational. The docents were informative and friendly. This is not a huge museum, so it is good for kids. All in our group had a nice visit here.

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Palm Desert, CA
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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I grew up in Santa Barbara and love to revisit the Museum of Natural History whenever I return for a visit. It is small, but very well done and the museum and grounds are beautiful. Go early, when it is quiet and you might have most of the diorama halls to yourself.

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newport beach, ca
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149 reviews 149 reviews
69 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Overall, this is a good museum and worth the visit, especially if you have children. Some of the regular exhibits are a bit old and showing it but the information provided overall is good. Also, there is a great area outside where you can walk the grounds and kids can climb rocks, build structures and experiment with running water. Take... More

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
28 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We had just a little time left and wanted to catch one more thing. So, we stopped by this museum. The displays and whatnot are classic and the extensive history of the Chumash is fantastic. We enjoyed the bird displays. Finding this museum is a bit difficult since it actually sits on a one way street near the mission. You... More

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Northern California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Having come to this place for 50 years... it never get's old. Small and manageable, educational for children, charming for adults. :)

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Senior Contributor
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19 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Although this is a smaller museum, there are still plenty of interesting permanent exhibits and rotating exhibits. We love to go and spend the day here, catch an informative show at the planetarium, and walk around the beautiful grounds right behind the museum. We have enjoyed a family membership here for a number of years, and we find that we... More

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Santa Barbara
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Those visiting the Santa Barbara Mission don't always realize that it backs up on beautiful, oak-lined Mission Creek, or that you can stroll along the creek and wander across a stone bridge into the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. In the Summertime, the Museum campus literally comes alive, with a live butterfly exhibit and one festival after another. At... More

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Santa Barbara
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Especially noteable is the Bird Hall and Butterflies Alive. This museum mounts a wide variety of interesting activities during the year: a winetasting in its extensive gardens, an Art Walk showing local artists, a monthly Science Pub lecture at a local watering spot and many other excellent lectures and activities. Best museum in Santa Barbara for member activities.

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