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

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Great Grounds

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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San Luis Obispo, CA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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30 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

It's a bit confusing to get around, as the exhibits are in several different buildings around a courtyard, but you can get a good map at the entrance, and the exhibits are well displayed with good information about everything. I don't think most children would enjoy this museum as there's not much to touch or interact with.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

If you're looking for something interesting to do in Santa Barbara, this is a can't miss! The location alone is so beautiful, set just below the SB foothills and amongst beautiful nature and trees. Perfect outing if you have inquisitive kids.

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Moses Lake, wa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We had a discount coupon, so decided to visit that museum. First thought that it would be very small, but in fact...... it is quite nice. Nicely educative with at the same time great displays and in each room they had a different subject. Especially the mineral room was nice. You have to try the display of the rocks, that... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We went here on a little stop through Santa Barbara. I love th place! It was nice and quiet with well placed out exhibits of all aspects of natural history of California. It has a real chilled out peaceful vibe which encourages you to take your time and soak up all the displays on offer. Well documented and catalogued and... More 

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Holbeach, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

My Husband and I love the Spanish feeling architecture of Santa Barbara and the museum proved a wealth of information of how this came to be. Entry to the museum us free, a donation can be made, and it really is worth a visit.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Tucked away in Mission Canyon this is a rustic setting. There is space for a picnic lunch. Admission is nominal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

If you're in the area with your kids and even teenager, make sure you visit the Museum. Besides the exhibitions and great people working there, the entire family will enjoy the magic of the gardens behind the buildings. Trails for the kids to hike and rocks along the way makes you forget for a moment that your on the city... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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54 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Really liked this place. It's a bit out of town with no public transportation other than taxi, but worth the effort to get here. The ornithology exhibit alone is worth the price of admission.

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