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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 #27 of 147 things to do in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural history museums, Museums
Activities: Walking
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Type: Natural history museums, Museums
Activities: Walking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

It is a wonderful place to take and educate children in because it is smaller than most Natural History Museums and so children feel more comfortable in it. You can stay there for about 45 minutes and see a lot of the interesting exhibits.

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Santa Monica, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
32 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This museum is in a very quaint old building in a lovely park setting. There are only a few well laid out rooms. The displays are small and easy to view with a great bird room with a wonderful display of various bird eggs. The minerals were also awesome. It would be a great place to introduce children to various... More 

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Buellton, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I've been to the museum several times, and there is something there for anyone who enjoys nature and or history. The geology gallery is really neat, especially for kids since they show off some of the colors in the rocks well. There is a very nice insect exhibit as well, and who doesn't like a full-size blue whale skeleton? If... More 

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Morro Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Well worth the price of admission!! ..... Lots to see!!!.....Fun!!!.....We used their map and followed it closely......Every area was open and available to us....We wished we'd packed a snack and picnicked in the back garden area.....must see!

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Long Beach, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This museum really sprawls around...some parts are kept up better than others but overall a decent amount of interesting things to see. Probably just 3 stars for the indoor exhibits, but they had an extensive outdoor area along a creek that was a lot of fun for our kids. Lots of rocks to climb on, mature trees providing ample shade,... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I've never been disappointed with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The museum is an excellent attraction for children as well as adults. There is usually a special exhibit along with the perminate instalations. Don't miss the Star Party at the Palmer Observatory.

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Dillon, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

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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89 reviews 89 reviews
18 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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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