Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, CA  93105
(805) 682-4711 (Phone)   |   (805) 569-3170 (Fax)
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Year Founded:
    1916

Description:
   As the finest regional natural history museum in California, we enlighten the public by developing and presenting fundamental knowledge of natural history research, teaching and inspiring a lifelong passion & abiding respect for the natural world.
    Set on eleven oak-shaded acres in historic Mission Canyon and crossed year-round by Mission Creek, the Museum campus features a cluster of Spanish-style buildings and easy nature walks. The Museum features eleven exhibit halls, focusing on regional natural history, including birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, Native Americans and the Chumash Indians.
    We also feature a life-size Blue Whale skeleton, a planetarium, an antique natural history art gallery, a museum store and special programs featuring outstanding lecturers and films. Two new permanent halls will be opening in 2008: Mineral & Gem Gallery and Bird Diversity Hall.
    The Museum has the only natural science database and collections repository specializing in the Santa Barbara region. We house the largest collection of Chumash Indian artifacts outside the Smithsonian. Our shell collection and bird egg collection are among the most significant in the country. More than 150,000 people visit the Museum each year.

Museum Category:
    Natural History

Business Categories:
    Museums/Attractions/Historic,    Natural History Museum,

Business Hours:
    10 - 5 PM (Sun - Sat)

Admission Pricing:
    Members free; non-members $8/adult, $7/senior, $7/teen, $5/child

Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,   MasterCard,   Visa,  

Admittance:
    During normal business hours

Location Type:
    Museum

Languages Spoken:
    English,   German,   Spanish,  

Average Visit:
    1 to 3 hours

Indoor/Outdoor:
    Indoor/Outdoor Location

Parking On-Site?
    Yes  

Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes

Smoking?
    NOT Permitted

Cell Phones?
    Permitted

Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Some restrictions

Pets Allowed?
    Some restrictions

Guided Tours?
    By Appointment Only

Gift Certificates?
    Available for Sale

Classes Offered?
    Yes.


   
 Recent News & Buzz!!
8/15/16 - Save the Date! Audubon Society presents: "Arroyo Simi: Life on the Edge of the Urban Interface" --
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Join Don Klabunde, retired Physicist, life-long photographer, and Chapter Photographer for Conejo Valley Audubon Society (CVAS) for a photographic journey where we discover the secret lives of birds hidden away in plain sight within our urban habitat. (Photo Credit: Don Klabunde)
Wednesday, September 28 7:30PM Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Farrand Hall FREE ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
8/15/16 - Save the Date! Conserving Aussie Outback Birds -- 10/26
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Characterized by baking drought, and raging floods, the Australian outback is one of the most unpredictable environments in the world. Birds that live in this boom-bust landscape have developed some incredible and surprising adaptations to these harsh conditions. Join Claire Runge (National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis) as she presents the story of how the mysteries of these desert nomads are being unlocked, and the implications for conservation of these unique birds.
Wednesday, October 26 7:30PM FREE Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Farrand Hall ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
8/15/16 - Save the Date! Santa Barbara County Archaeological Society presents: Native American Basketry at the Museum -
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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Fleischmann Auditorium The Santa Barbara County Archaeological Society and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History are pleased to present the first SBCAS lecture of the fall season. Join Jan Timbrook, Curator of Ethnography, as she discusses the Native American basketry exhibits found in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
Monday, October 17 7:00-9:00PM FREE ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
8/15/16 - Save the Date! Astronomical Unit Public Meeting & Lecture "Asteroid Occulations" -- 10/7
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Join Chuck McPartlin (Astronomical Unit) as he talks about “Asteroid Occultations” when an asteroid passes in front of a visible star.
Friday, October 7 7:00-9:00 PM Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Farrand Hall FREE ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
8/15/16 - Save the Date! Audubon Society presents: "Arroyo Simi: Life on the Edge of the Urban Interface" --
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Join Don Klabunde, retired Physicist, life-long photographer, and Chapter Photographer for Conejo Valley Audubon Society (CVAS) for a photographic journey where we discover the secret lives of birds hidden away in plain sight within our urban habitat. (Photo Credit: Don Klabunde)
Wednesday, September 28 7:30PM Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Farrand Hall FREE ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
8/15/16 - Save the Date! Astronomical Unit Public Meeting & Lecture -- 9/2
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Omar Blaes (University of California Santa Barbara) will describe compact objects--those that have been reduced to small, extremely dense objects due to the force of gravity. Compact objects include white dwarf stars, neutron stars and black holes.
Friday, September 2 7:00-9:00 PM Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Farrand Hall FREE ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
8/15/16 - Save the Date! Nature Poetry Workshop -- 9/17
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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is delighted to announce a very special Poets-In-Residence program featuring five of the Santa Barbara City Poets Laureate. Poets-In-Residence will create poetry inspired by the Museum's exhibits and magnificent natural setting and host poetry readings and poetry writing workshops. At the end of the year, the capstone reception and reading will present the works of all the Poets-In-Residence to the community.
Workshop is free with Museum admission and open to adults and teens. Register at www.sbnature.org/tickets ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
8/15/16 - Save the Date! October Science Pub -- 10/10
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From elephants to monarch butterflies, the news is full of stories about the decline of wildlife health on land - but what is the status of animal life on the other 71% of our planet: our oceans? Dr. Douglas McCauley will provide a brief history of the ways we have changed our oceans; what he believes to be the next biggest, but largely unrecognized, threat to marine life; and what we can each do to help ensure a healthier future for animal life in the oceans. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
8/15/16 - Save the Date! Eyes In the Sky Open House - October 16th - 10am-4:00pm
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Eyes in the Sky is the Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s educational outreach program, and is the only licensed raptor education program in Santa Barbara County. Our open house is your chance to get behind the scenes in the aviary. See the Raptors up close and personal! Discover for yourself how enthralling these birds can be and what gets the kids so excited over them. Bring the whole family! A fun filled day is sure to be had by all.
Free Admission – Free Parking Live birds of prey, up close and personal Behind-the-scenes aviary tours Hands-on educational games Crafty activities for children Educational displays Scavenger Hunt Traditional Chumash stories as told by Julie Tumamait Emiliano Campobello playing Native American flute music Instant Raffle – Every ticket wins! Silent Auction Eyes in the Sky merchandise All proceeds to support SBAS Eyes in the Sky ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
7/11/16 - Tonight! Science Pub: Under the Ice ... at Dargan's Irish Pub
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SCUBA diving through 6 feet of ice in 28 degree water has its inherent challenges. Sip a pint and hear stories about Umi's experience as an Antarctic researcher and diver.
Join our fun and friendly conversation, and quench your thirst for knowledge about science and nature. No tickets or reservations required, but be sure to get to Dargan's early for a seat and to order your favorite drink and food.
At Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 18 E. Ortega Street. FREE admission. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant Santa Barbara   Email   Website
7/11/16 - Don't miss Bob Ballard and Friends at the Lobero this Wednesday
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Dr. Robert Ballard, world famous ocean explorer and scientist, will discuss the future of ocean exploration and the current expedition of the E/V Nautilus in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. A panel of local students will join Dr. Ballard to discuss exploration and research aboard the Nautilus. Reserve a seat at eventbrite.com (search Bob Ballard) ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Lobero Theater  Email   Website
6/25/16 - Today's the Day!!! Santa Barbara Wine Festival™
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Escape for an afternoon in the refreshing natural ambiance of Mission Creek at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™! Taste tantalizing wines from 50 Central Coast premier wineries complemented with savory and sweet delectable delights from local chefs, caterers, bakers, and restaurateurs. This annual summer Wine Festival helps support the Museum's mission to inspire our citizens to explore, embrace, and take care of our natural world; 100% of the Wine Festival proceeds help us achieve these goals through science education and engaging exhibits. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
6/22/16 - Saturday's the day!! ... Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ at the SB Natural History Museum
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Escape for an afternoon in the refreshing natural ambiance of Mission Creek at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™! Taste tantalizing wines from 50 Central Coast premier wineries complemented with savory and sweet delectable delights from local chefs, caterers, bakers, and restaurateurs. This annual summer Wine Festival helps support the Museum's mission to inspire our citizens to explore, embrace, and take care of our natural world; 100% of the Wine Festival proceeds help us achieve these goals through science education and engaging exhibits. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
6/17/16 - $25 Discount on SB Wine Festival Tickets ... This Weekend Only!
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This weekend only (Friday-Sunday) non-members can receive Member pricing (a $25.00 Discount) on Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ general admission tickets with the code SBNATURE. Proceeds benefit Museum exhibits and education programs. Members $75, non-members $100.
So ... on June 25th, from 2 to 5 PM, escape for an afternoon in the refreshing natural ambiance of Mission Creek at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™! Taste tantalizing wines from 50 Central Coast premier wineries complemented with savory and sweet delectable delights from local chefs, caterers, bakers, and restaurateurs.
This annual summer Wine Festival helps support the Museum's mission to inspire our citizens to explore, embrace, and take care of our natural world; 100% of the Wine Festival proceeds help us achieve these goals through science education and engaging exhibits. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
6/16/16 - Hurry ... get your tickets ... Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ -- Saturday, June 25th
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Escape for an afternoon in the refreshing natural ambiance of Mission Creek at the 2015 Santa Barbara Wine Festival™! Taste tantalizing wines from 50 Central Coast premier wineries complemented with savory and sweet delectable delights from local chefs, caterers, bakers, and restaurateurs.
This annual summer Wine Festival helps support the Museum's mission to inspire our citizens to explore, embrace, and take care of our natural world; 100% of the Wine Festival proceeds help us achieve these goals through science education and engaging exhibits. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
5/24/16 - This Saturday .... A T. Rex Named Sue at the S.B. Museum of Natural History
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No dinosaur in the world compares to SUE–the largest, most complete, and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. At a heart stopping 42 feet (12.8 m) long and 12 feet (3.66 m) high at the hip, a spectacular full-sized skeleton cast of SUE is the centerpiece of this exciting exhibition. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
2/13/16 - Save the Date! Members' Party -- 6/3
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All members welcome to a preview of the 2016 Butterflies Alive and to see Sue the Rex exhibits. Bring an appetite to enjoy delicious food and drink, face painting and other fun fare. Admission is free for this Members' Only event. Taco Bar and Drink tickets can be purchased on line or by calling 805 682 4711 ext 114. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
2/12/16 - Save the Date! Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ -- 6/27
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Escape for an afternoon in the refreshing natural ambiance of Mission Creek at the 2015 Santa Barbara Wine Festival™! Taste tantalizing wines from 50 Central Coast premier wineries complemented with savory and sweet delectable delights from local chefs, caterers, bakers, and restaurateurs.
This annual summer Wine Festival helps support the Museum's mission to inspire our citizens to explore, embrace, and take care of our natural world; 100% of the Wine Festival proceeds help us achieve these goals through science education and engaging exhibits. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
2/12/16 - Save the Date! Cocktails with a Curator -- 7/21
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See moths and butterflies in a whole new light. Find out why they aren’t just winged splashes of color in your garden, but complex creatures with extraordinary lives and intricate microscopic structures. Get an up-close and in-depth look at these ubiquitous gossamer beauties.
Thursday, July 21, 2016Fleischmann Auditorium Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 5:30 - 7:00 PM Space is limited. Reservations required. RSVP by Monday, July 18 to Leana Orsua, Membership Manager at 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or lorsua@sbnature2.org. Not a member of the Naturalist Level? Upgrade today to reserve your space to this once a year event. Learn about the various imaging techniques Museum scientists use in their research. Methods range from field photography to z-stacking, camera lucida drawings, 3D computer-aided reconstructions, and electron microscopy. The diverse examples are drawn from actual research and resulting publications. Find out how these techniques help describe new species to field range extension and testing evolutionary hypotheses. The combination of academic rigor and technical expertise with visual appeal is at the heart of scientific imaging. An interactive component and a live demonstration round out the event. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
2/12/16 - Save the Date! Conversations with a Curator -- 7/21
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Conversations with a Curator Daniel Geiger, Ph.D., Curator of Malacology Picture This! Scientific imaging at the Museum An Exclusive event for Museum members at the Naturalist level ($150) and above.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 Fleischmann Auditorium Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 6:00 PM Reception. Wine and appetizers including Dr. Geiger's special marmalade and brewed tea. 6:30 PM Presentation and Discussion Space is limited. Reservations required. RSVP by Friday, May 25 to Leana Orsua, Membership Manager at 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or lorsua@sbnature2.org. Not a member of the Naturalist Level? Upgrade today to reserve your space to this once a year event. Learn about the various imaging techniques Museum scientists use in their research. Methods range from field photography to z-stacking, camera lucida drawings, 3D computer-aided reconstructions, and electron microscopy. The diverse examples are drawn from actual research and resulting publications. Find out how these techniques help describe new species to field range extension and testing evolutionary hypotheses. The combination of academic rigor and technical expertise with visual appeal is at the heart of scientific imaging. An interactive component and a live demonstration round out the event. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website



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