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“Fantastic side trip”

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Ranked #16 of 172 things to do in Santa Barbara
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Anchorage, Alaska
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27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic side trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

This museum will be a winner from little ones to adults. Loved the planetarium show, Chumash Indian exhibit plus the garden walk are. All exhibits were well done. A definite stop

Visited March 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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6 reviews
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“I loved this museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

I loved this musuem and the atmosphere. I recommend this museum to anyone, as it is clean, informative and one of the best. Thank you.

Visited February 2013
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Calabasas, California
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fascinating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

This museum is beautiful. It is small and always has interesting, if not very special exhibits. Don't miss this. Can do this on same day as you do the Botanical Gardens. Plan on 1-2 hours to see it all. You will pass the Santa Barbara Cathedral as you make your way up there. This is another place to stop and take a look!

Visited January 2012
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Bethesda, Maryland
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68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Unexpected and wonderful.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

With plenty of exposure to the Smithsonian's and NYC's Museums of Natural History, we expected one in Santa Barbara to be blah at best. Instead, inch for inch, it is great. Yes, it is more modest in size and doesn't even try to cover all things in Nature. But what it does cover is done exceptionally well with especially terrific shore bird, sea life and woodland displays. If you actually like natural history content, like to learn new facts, or need to expose kids to the non-plastic world, then you will not regret time spent here. An unexpected jewel of a place.

Visited December 2012
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable and educational museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Anyone interested in Natural History will have a very worthwhile 2 or 3 hours in this museum. As a visitor from the UK I found the display of American birds particularly interesting, but all the displays were of good quality. Like Jean M, I much enjoyed learning about the Chumash.

Visited December 2012
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