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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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Interesting science experience

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Make sure to allow time for Butterflies Alive and to make a comet. The astronomy group does a fun presentation that keeps adults and children entertained.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This museum is deceptively large in a great location of Santa Barbara near the Old Mission Santa Barbara. It seems small form outside until you start your tour through the many buildings and outside living museum as well many hands on things for the kids to do. We enjoyed the planetarium movie on constellations and they have a great mammals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The grounds are spectacular!! The exhibits are great, but the best part is making your way to the teepee building area and "mining" section. The kids can play for hours just exploring those two areas. Simple and beautiful! I just go to relax ;+]

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It's okay. A little disappointing. It seemed a little dated. They have activities for children and picnic grounds. However, the grounds were nothing special to look at.

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is a really fun location with a good location. The kids loved it and they have some great annual events here.

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Additional Information about Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Address: 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4711
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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