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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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“t rex”(9 reviews)
We're not your typical structured museum with stiff curators, cold halls, and strict rules. We like to go outside and get our hands dirty, pick things up and take a closer look, laugh, skip, or maybe even jump for joy. Because learning is messy and...more
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2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2936
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like the Giraffe experience. The zoo where clean and have fresh air in the morning. It's a large zoo with plenty of animals. There was great shops to buy souvenirs and food.

Thank Brenda V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to see the Magazine covers of National Geographic and it was worth the trip - we spent quite a bit of time looking at the covers and reading about how they were filmed, what was happening at the time of the picture etc...More

Thank Barbara F
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

We came primarily to see the top 50 photos from National Geographic. It was well worth the visit for that alone - the pictures were stunning as well as the “behind-the-picture” blurbs they gave about each photo and how it came about. The wildlife exhibits...More

Thank Calvin F
Reviewed August 4, 2018

Had some free time during Fiesta week, paid the museum a visit. Senior discount for a nice little museum. Exhibits on pygmy mammoths (who knew?), Chumash Indians, fish and wildlife. One hall for "exploration" with some hands-on experiences for the kits. Worth an hour or...More

Thank 65oski
Reviewed July 20, 2018

Okay, I'm biased! My uncles collected all the birds and mammals that are displayed in the Museum. Look for the mounted rattlesnake just inside the museum. My uncle made it and it's been delighting people since the late 40s.

Thank dano628
Reviewed July 12, 2018

Recommended if you enjoy animal dioramas.Special exhibit this summer of National Geo's 50 greatest photos of all time.

Thank lanaleah
Reviewed July 9, 2018

There is an extensive collection of birds and eggs from California. The model of the blue whale outside was amazing.

Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Most awesome exhibit of National Geographic photographs from around the world. All the exhibits were so detailed and gave you the feeling that you were right there in the natural habitat.

Thank Robert R
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Took my grand daughter and a friend, lots of fun for the kids, rode the train, the kids fed the giraffes and were excited too see the gorillas..

Thank csosa1950
Reviewed June 18, 2018

This museum is such a great place to visit in Santa Barbara, especially for families with children. There are so many things for children to do here, both at the museum itself and also at the Sea Center down on Stearns Wharf - when you...More

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Response from 336Chas | Reviewed this property |
Go to their web-page, please. $12 for adults and $7-8 for kids Note that $60 memberships are tax-deductible, and there are reduced rates for groups..