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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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Address: 2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2936
Phone Number: 18056824711
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Butterfly Garden Exhibit

We love this museum. We went for the Butterfly Exhibit housed in a "tent" with lovely landscaping. The staff is very knowledgable about the butterflies. Although, this is not a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bethesda, MD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is small and parts of it are definitely in need of renovation, but it is worth a visit nonetheless. Many of the exhibits appear to be half a century old, making this as much a museum about the history of natural history museums as it is a natural history museum itself (say that out loud 5 times quickly.)... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this museum. We went for the Butterfly Exhibit housed in a "tent" with lovely landscaping. The staff is very knowledgable about the butterflies. Although, this is not a huge exhibit as we had seen in Washington DC and Vancouver BC, it most certainly was educational and delightful. Price for senior citizens is just $8.00 for admission to the... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here with friends and their family from Santa Barbara. Friendly staff, great exhibits and lots of interactive things to keep the children interested. The butterfly enclosure was great fun - trying to spot the range of butterfly's on the printed sheet was the main past-time. The outside areas are well maintained and great for a picnic.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this museum to find out about the history of Santa Barbara. You can safely walk around this museum in under an hour. Very helpful receptionist. Recommended.

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Los Angeles, California
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Albeit this museum of natural history is smaller than any other I've visited, it was well worth the visit. The indoor and outdoor exhibits are well maintained, and there is plenty of space for visitors to move around without stepping on each other. I would recommend this for families, couples, and anyone interested in natural history.

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Hastings, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably the most impressive thing about this museum is the whale skeleton in front of the place. Great place to walk around, in among the rib bones, etc.! Fun photo op.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of our favorite exhibits is the gallery of local birds (taxidermy). They are arranged in an intriguing way. Also outstanding are the dioramas of local flora, fauna, and geology done by famous local artist Ray Strong. Don't miss a walk across the footbridge over Mission Creek Canyon.

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Thank gordon b
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum was mainly visited by us due to an exhibition of the world's most complete T-Rex fossil 'Sue'. It was clearly a highlight for my boys although they also enjoyed the planetarium and their one hour 'show'. The butterflies were also impressive. We decided to walk up from the city centre which turned out to be a mistake at... More 

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Thank Stig G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The butterfly exhibit takes place only once every two years, a docent told us. The flow of people through the pavilion is well-managed so that it never gets too crowded, and it is a wonderland for all ages who like to quietly marvel at beautiful living creatures. The rest of the museum has plenty of ongoing exhibits (fossils unique to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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

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