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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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Nice little museum

I was a little concerned that this museum would be sort of a kid's museum and that it would be weird and not enjoyable for a single adult but that was not the case. I had a great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Alyson G
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a little concerned that this museum would be sort of a kid's museum and that it would be weird and not enjoyable for a single adult but that was not the case. I had a great afternoon exploring the exhibits. The mammal and bird halls were my favorite and the gardens in the back were nice even in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had an awesome time. I wish I lived closer to volunteer. The staff was helpful and nice and the establishment itself was amazing! I can't wait to visit again!

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Thank Diane T
Santa Barbara, California
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I hadn't been to the Natural History Museum in more than 20 years, and I found little had changed in the interim. The best exhibit area is of the fantastic array of birds in our area. Those specimens are still in pretty good condition, but the same cannot be said for the mammal exhibits...a number of the animals seem to... More 

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Glendale, California
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95 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is hidden in a residential area. As we parked, we were greeted with a skeleton display of a blue whale named "Chad". Admission is kinda steep but well worth it - $12 for Adults and $7 for children. The place looked small, but it was able to show 8 permanent exhibits and some ... The children enjoyed the... More 

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Newport Beach, California, United States
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small but great! Very easy to access and able to see everything in a short time. Definitely incorporate into your visit.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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310 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wanted to love this little gem but there is far too much deferred maintenance for it to be a gem. And it is relatively expensive so I'm not sure how they are managing their budget. The place should look pristine and it was just tired. And having to pay even more for a very mediocre planetarium show added insult... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The SBMNH is a great place to spend half a day, wandering its quiet halls or exploring the creek and Museum Backyard. If you have children, it's well designed to let them follow their curiosity; but even for solo adults there are treasures to be found. Don't miss: - The gem & mineral hall, especially the black light/fluorescent light display... More 

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Thank ZiggyInSB
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On this Friday afternoon during the off season I saw only about a dozen people. Eyeing the huge parking lot, I wondered what an afternoon during high season would be like. Strolling among the displays was quite pleasant. My favorite were the bird displays. Santa Barbara is on a flyway and a wide variety of resident birds. Children seemed wild... More 

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Thank Robert B
Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

There are so many things to see and learn here. Exhibits change so there are always new things to see. I enjoy the bird hall because it teaches you so much just by looking. The live birds of prey are out every afternoon and not to be missed.

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Thank laurie k
Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I love going to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Every time I go I notice something that I may not have before. Each room packs a surprise and previews the natural beauty of the area up close that you may not pay attention to outside if you're not 'stopping to smell the roses'... The grounds outside are nice... More 

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