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 Hours:
    10 - 5 PM (Sun - Sat)
Location Type:
    Museum
Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,   MasterCard,   Visa,  
Languages Spoken:
    English,   German,   Spanish,  
Admission Pricing:
    Members free; non-members $8/adult, $7/senior, $7/teen, $5/child
General Business Classification:
    Museums, Historic Sites, Attractions
    Categories:
    Museums/Attractions/Historic
    Natural History Museum

Average Visit:
    1 to 3 hours
Admittance:
    During normal business hours.
Indoor/Outdoor:
    Indoor/Outdoor Location
Parking On-Site?
    Yes  
Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes
Smoking?
    NOT Permitted
Cell Phones & Pagers?
    Permitted
Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Some restrictions
Pets Allowed?
    Some restrictions
Guided Tours?
    By Appointment Only
Gift Certificates?
    Available for Sale
Classes Offered?
    Yes.
 Recent Buzzes!!
9/24/14 - This weekend ... Artwalk Indoor & Outdoor Show
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INDOOR & OUTDOOR SHOW Saturday & Sunday September 27 & 28, 2014 10:00 AM–5:00 PM Tickets (includes admission to Artwalk and the Museum): $12 General Admission; $11 Museum Members; Children under 12 years free. Parking: Free.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Venue ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
7/18/14 - California Coastal Cleanup Day
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California Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, September 20, 2014 Stop by anytime between 9AM to Noon Meet at East Beach near the Skate Park. Cleanup supplies will be provided. GIVE: 30 minutes of your time removing coastal litter GET: Priceless memories discovering beaches and marine critters Contact Jackie Hunt at jhunt@sbnature2.org or 805-962-2526 ext.110 for details.   Website
6/25/14 - WHY the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ is the BEST on the Central Coast
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WHY the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ is the BEST on the Central Coast ..... Location, Location, Location! ..... Nestled in nature along Mission Creek shaded by majestic oaks and redwoods at the Natural History Museum. ..... The Wine! Red, white, rosé, and sparkling ... 50 of the best local wineries offering tastes of their wines. ..... The Food! Savory and sweet delights from local restaurants, caterers, bakers...and Freezer Monkeys. ..... Don’t miss out on the best and oldest wine festival on the Central Coast. Buy your tickets before we sell out at www.sbnature.org/winefestival   Website
6/12/14 - The combination of great wine and food is enhanced at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival
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The combination of great wine and great food will be enhanced at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ through great pairings. Here is a sampling of what you will experience .... Ca Dario will be set up next to Cold Heaven, as the Cold Heaven Cool-Climate Viognier pairs perfectly with the sage infused raviolis, served up by Dario himself. .... Next to Via Maestra 42’s always opulent display of food will be Palmina serving their Italian styled wines. .... San Ysidro Ranch’s Stonehouse Restaurant along with C’est Cheese will pair with Brewer-Clifton, who provides the Ranch with their house wine.
Buy your tickets today to explore these and other food and wine pairings, only at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™   Website
6/5/14 - Heads Up!! Tickets to the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ are selling faster than last year. last year
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Tickets to the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ are selling even more quickly than last year at this time. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste wines from 50 of the best wineries in the Central Coast, not to mention delicious bites of savory and sweet morsels from over 30 food vendors. Advance Tickets: Members $70; Non-members $95. At the door: $105/person (whether a Member or non-member). Buy your tickets today!  Website
5/19/14 - Save the Date! Plastic Paradise -- 5/20
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Every piece of plastic that has ever been created is still somewhere on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go?
Co-sponsored by Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Community Environmental Council, Environmental Defense Center, and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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5/19/14 - Save the Date! Casa Viva Trunk Show -- 5/24-25
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Shop from our number one Tribal Arts Vendor, featuring jewelry from India, silk shawls, Guatemalan handbags and back packs.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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5/9/14 - Beauty & Science; the orchid evolves
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Now open at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History through September 7! Learn about the discovery and cultivation of exotic orchids in the 19th century. Historical illustrations are paired with current innovations in imaging and orchid research.  Website
4/30/14 - Save the Date! Casa Viva Trunk Show -- 5/24
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Shop from our number one Tribal Arts Vendor, featuring jewelry from India, silk shawls, Guatemalan handbags and back packs.
Included with general admission.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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4/22/14 - Save the Date! World Oceans Day -- 6/7
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World Oceans Day Saturday, June 7 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Create a splash and celebrate World Oceans Day at the Sea Center. Get to know funny fish “from here to there.” Come out of your shell and enjoy Dr. Seuss-styled activities. “If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” For more information contact Jackie Hunt at jhunt@sbnature2.org or call 805-962-2526 ext. 110
Presented by ... Ty Warner Sea Center (211 Stearns Wharf)
Venue ... Ty Warner Sea Center (211 Stearns Wharf)  Email   Website
4/8/14 - Save the Date! The Condor's Shadow -- 4/23
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Attend a free screening of the year-in-the-life documentary film that follows USFWS biologist Joseph Brandt into the world of endangered species recovery. His mission: To enable the California condor to fly free once again.
Post-screening Q&A with USFWS biologist Joseph Brandt and filmmaker Jeff McLoughlin
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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4/7/14 - Save the Date! LEGOLAND® California Resort Presents the "Model Builder Challenge" -- 4/12
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Guests can watch as LEGOLAND® California Resort Master Model Builders Tim Sams and Rob McCarthy compete against one another to build models based on the Resort's new LEGO® Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network. Guests will also have a chance to win tickets to visit the Resort and experience the new LEGO Legends of CHIMA Water Park by answering trivia questions at each event.
Fans can vote online for each model being built plus come out to the event to support their favorite model builder and check-out cool models including a miniature version of the new Water Park and a four-foot LEGO model of the Legends of Chima character Laval.
Fans can provide suggestions, ask questions, cheer on their favorite builder, and vote for Tim (#BuilderTim) or Rob (#BuilderRob) on Facebook (www.facebook.com/legolandcalifornia) in an effort to help their favorite builder win the ultimate prize, a magical LEGO orb of CHI.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Venue ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
3/20/14 - Butterflies Alive! Grand Opening
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Experience the magic of Butterflies Alive! as you walk through a beautiful garden filled with flowers, luscious greenery, and more than 1,000 free-flying butterflies. Watch as the butterflies flutter past you, and see them as they drink nectar from nearby flowers. Butterflies Alive! will offer many memorable opportunities, so bring your family, friends and cameras.  Website
3/12/14 - Free Teen Friday - March 14!
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Teens of all ages are invited to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History after hours from 4:30 to 7:30pm on Friday, March 14. Experience a behind-the-scenes tour, a special Planetarium show, interactive demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Come launch bottle rockets, experiment with dry ice, hold cool creatures, and enjoy free food. Bring all your friends for a fun Friday night; it’s the teen event of the year!   Website
2/13/14 - Free Teen Friday
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Teens of all ages are invited to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History after hours for private tours, a special Planetarium show, interactive demonstrations, and hands on activities. Come launch bottle rockets, experiment with dry ice, hold cool creatures, and enjoy free food. Bring all your friends for a fun Friday night; it’s the teen event of the year! March 14, 4:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Youth Making Change, a program of the Fund for Santa Barbara   Website
2/13/14 - Free Teen Friday
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Teens of all ages are invited to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on Friday, March 14 from 4:30 to 7:30pm for private tours, a special Planetarium show, interactive demonstrations, and hands on activities. Come launch bottle rockets, experiment with dry ice, hold cool creatures, and enjoy free food. Bring all your friends for a fun Friday night; it’s the teen event of the year! Sponsored by Youth Making Change, a program of the Fund for Santa Barbara   Website
2/12/14 - Save the Date! Praise Song: 150 Years of American Indian Art -- 2/20
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Since the 1870s, there has been a powerful outpouring of American Indian art. Luminous and beautiful for its own sake, the art is a cultural and political portrayal of indigenous life in America. The breadth and depth of Indian art is remarkable, from the Pueblo art of the Southwest to the Haida art in the Northwest. Join us as we explore these and other American Indian art treasures.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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1/16/14 - 11th Annual State of the Museum
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President & CEO Luke Swetland will present the 11th Annual State of the Museum Address on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM in Fleischmann Auditorium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (located just beyond the Old Mission at 2559 Puesta del Sol). Entitled “Connecting YOU with NATURE,” the Museum’s 2014 State of the Museum begins with a continental breakfast at 7:30 AM. Mr. Swetland’s address and presentation will begin at approximately at 8:00 AM and he will discuss the Museum’s accomplishments and upcoming opportunities. RSVP by February 7 with Sarah Clement at 805-682-4711 ext. 110 or at sclement@sbnature2.org. (i) www.sbnature.org  Website
1/14/14 - Save the Date! From the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene: Archaeology and the Future of Channel Island Ecosyste
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We live in a time of rapid global ecological change and degradation, prompting many to speculate that we have entered the Anthropocene, a time dominated by human activities. Coastal archaeology and historical ecology provide an important framework for understanding contemporary environmental problems and can help guide future conservation, restoration, and management. Drawing on examples from California’s Channel Islands, this talk will explore the ways that archaeology can help enhance contemporary environmental management and chart a course for future collaborative research.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Venue ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
1/3/14 - Save the Date! Science Pub: Acid in Our Oceans -- 1/27
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Join our fun and friendly conversation, and quench your thirst for knowledge about science and nature. Whether you are a science genius, or not-so-science-savvy, you are invited to participate in stimulating discussions and partake in some lively libations. Open to ages 21+ and no tickets or reservations required. Be sure to get to Dargan's early for a seat and to order your favorite drink and food.  Email   Website
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