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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: 18056824711
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Traveling Exhibit from Chicago at the SBMNH

Great traveling exhibit on the Sue the T-Rex from Chicago. Nice display with good visuals with sound.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Anne L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great traveling exhibit on the Sue the T-Rex from Chicago. Nice display with good visuals with sound.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So much to see and learn in the museum proper. BIrds, eggs, saber-toothed tiger scull, insects and sea creatures, Chumash Indian artifacts, pygmy Mammoth bones found on the south coast and the island...outside areas to relax and cool off eat if you bring a picnic. A wonderful area called "The Backyard" has a flowing stream for floating boats, building dams,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Having been recently to the iconic London museum of natural history, was expecting this to be a bit provincial, but looked like a nice excuse to postpone the beach at the height of the sun with our 8yr old son. What a great choice! Chad , the blue whale at the entrance was a great intro. A live butterfly pavilion,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to this museum as a last minute adventure to fill some spare time we had on this trip. Boy do we wish we were able to spend more time there! There are so many exhibits to see, and lots of interactive activities for kids. The setting is beautiful and we could have spent all day in the butterfly... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best places to take young children, although maybe a bit off the beaten path for some people. It's really not that far out of the way. When we visited they had the butterfly pavilion and T. Rex bones as their special exhibits. While these are not always present, there are certain exhibits that are. For... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time here. The Butterfly Garden is a delight and children to seniors really enjoy it. "Sue", the most complete dinosaur fossil knows, is there on display and worth a visit. A must see.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have enjoyed this museum on numerous occasions. It is near the mission in a lovely location. Great for kids and families. Also they have a terrific gift shop with reasonably priced items.

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Bakersfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having visited early on July 4th, I was amazed! The staff was super friendly, AND enthusiastic to help! My daughter (5yo) loved all of the hands-on activities, as well as the various rooms (Gems, Native Americans, Activity Center). Must say, her FAVORTIE, as well as mine, was the Butterfly exhibit, where thousands of them were thriving! Definitely coming back again...

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Tigard, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Out front they have a giant skeleton of a blue whale (it's actually bones from 2 separate whales if I understood correctly). That alone was pretty impressive to see. Inside there are lots of exhibits on various types of animals (birds, mammals, ocean, etc), Native American culture, rocks/geology, etc. We got to see "Sue", a T-Rex exhibit on display this... More 

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Santa Paula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For many years this was my very favorite museum to take my kids. Each exhibit was big enough to be interesting and educational, and in some of the rooms there is a ledge around the floor that is great for toddlers to stand on and see things better. My kids especially liked the Insect Exhibit and anything involving dinosaurs and... More 

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