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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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Address: 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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+1 805-682-4711
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Great place to visit with the family

We're from out of state and came here with family and young kids. We loved it. From the ginormous whale out in front to the different buildings with new adventures inside. It was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Danielle C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We're from out of state and came here with family and young kids. We loved it. From the ginormous whale out in front to the different buildings with new adventures inside. It was worth the trip to visit in the morning and then venture to other attractions after. We can during the butterfly and bird exhibits that displayed a large... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to go the museum because we had planned a quick vacation in Santa Barbara and the weather was looking grim. The museum itself sits up in the hills behind the Mission. It is composed a variety of California Mission buildings with lovely open courtyards. Very kid friendly. The exhibits are a bit dated, but we spend a few... More 

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TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great museum to visit on a California winter day. The outdoor parts of the grounds add 100% bonus to the exhibits. Nestled along a small babbling creek with plenty to do, I'm glad I was recommended to visit here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the grandkids aged 1 and 3. Loved the kids' room. Could have spent hours there. Favorite was the bird room. Could have spent the day in there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Kids and any age can spend a few good hours here. Very nice environment to learn new stuff. I love when they bring the butterflies.

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Thank Mihaela C
Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Our Natural History History Museum is a great, hands-on small museum in a spectacular setting inside and out. Be sure to wander all the halls (Native American Chumash and flora and fauna - love the birds and insects) as well as the special exhibits - the whale skeleton, butterflies alive and planetarium, and outside grounds. Several Arts, Wine and Cultural... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

We lived the museum! We arrived Tuesday around 1PM, just as the school kids were leaving. Perfect!! My husband is an austringer, so the visiting birds of prey exhibit was perfect!! Love the local Chumas Indian artifacts & history.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

small museum that houses a lot of artifacts and fossils. A fee to enter. get ready to spend about 2 hours tops. another fee to watch the stargazing film.

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Thank PURPLEYAMS
Santa Barbara, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

This is the best venue to take your kids for so many reasons. It is affordable, it has an amazing variety of sites to see and is clean, neat and authentic.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This museum has now expanded from its Mission site to the Sea Center location at the pier giving all wonderful exposure to sea life as well as dinosaurs, minerals, trips to the stars, and visits to butterflies coming alive and in your face. The best part of this museum is its diversity of real life experiences from Athena the OWL... More 

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