The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History features eleven exhibit halls, focusing on regional natural history, including birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, Native Americans and the Chumash Indians. The Lizard Lounge features live reptiles and amphibians. In addition, the Museum houses a Life-size Blue Whale skeleton, a planetarium, an antique natural history art gallery, a museum store and special programs featuring lecturers and films. The Museum has the only natural science database and collections repository specializing in the Santa Barbara region, and houses the largest collection of Chumash Indian artifacts outside the Smithsonian.

 
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Away Travel Expert: Cameron Walker
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FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 0 - 2 , 3 - 5 and 6 - 12
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Bring a bag lunch and have a picnic along shaded Mission Creek. Afterward, you can explore the nature trail here.
  • Families with kids five and younger are welcome at the weekend morning planetarium show, dubbed "Twinkle, Twinkle for Little Stars."
  • The museum hosts several festivals and special events throughout the year, including a folk- and tribal-arts marketplace around the holidays—get all your gifts in one stop.
Exploring the exhibits within the red-tiled buildings of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is an intimate experience, with each small room packing a treasure trove of information and artifacts about local birds and animals, geology, and

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Address:
2559 Puesta del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, California 93105
Parking: 10am-5pm daily
Price: $8 adults; $7 seniors and ages 13-17; $5 children 2-12; under 2 free


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: (805) 682-4711
Email: info@sbnature2.org
Price Information: $8 adults; $7 seniors and ages 13-17; $5 children 2-12; under 2 free
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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