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!!
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
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
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
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! Women Winemakers of the Central Coast -- 3/20
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Join us as we get to know these six women winemakers whose stellar wines play a significant role in why our Central Coast is the equal to the best winemaking regions in the world. Plus enjoy tastes of wines made by women in the Central Coast. Fiddlehead Cellars, Buttonwood, Cold Heaven, Kita Wine, Palmina, D-Alfonso-Curran Food pairing with wine tasting If you have any questions or need assistance, please call 805-682-4711 ext. 112 or mmoore@sbnature2.org. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
1/23/16 - Free Admission Tomorrow, Sunday at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will celebrate its 100th birthday and a century of providing science and nature education to generations of visitors, from toddlers to seniors. The Community Centennial Celebration will include free Museum admission for every visitor as well as a slice of birthday cake at 2 PM. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
1/21/16 - Community Centennial Celebration (FREE) at Museum of Natural History -- Sunday (cake at 2 PM)
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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will celebrate its 100th birthday and a century of providing science and nature education to generations of visitors, from toddlers to seniors. The Community Centennial Celebration will include free Museum admission for every visitor as well as a slice of birthday cake at 2 PM. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
1/7/16 - Monday is ... Science Pub: El Niño - What Does It Mean and When Will It Start? -- 1/11
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El Niño is underway and it’s not your typical climate event. Eric Boldt will explain what is different about this El Niño and what to expect weather-wise this winter across Southwest California. Learn about how an El Niño is measured and whether or not there will be enough rain this year to end the ongoing drought.
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.
We meet on the second Monday of every month at Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Santa Barbara. Science Pub is open to all and admission is free. No reservations, please arrive early ~5:30PM for a seat and to order food and drink. Dargan's is located at 18 E. Ortega Street. Some street parking is available, and Lot#10 is conveniently located adjacent to Dargan's (first 75 minutes free). ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
12/24/15 - Save the Date! Community Centennial Celebration -- 1/24
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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will celebrate its 100th birthday and a century of providing science and nature education to generations of visitors, from toddlers to seniors. The Community Centennial Celebration will include free Museum admission for every visitor as well as a slice of birthday cake at 2 PM. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Email   Website
12/17/15 - Save the Date! Field Trip: Carpinteria State Beach Tide pools -- 1/23
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Join Sea Center Aquarist Tyler Haven and staff at low tide to explore the flora and fauna of the intertidal zone. , Dress appropriately as tide pooling requires a willingness to get wet. $18 Members; $22 non-members. Pre-registration required. (i)rskinner@sbnature2.org or 805-682-4711 ext. 170 ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
12/17/15 - Save the Date! Centennial Celebration -- 1/24
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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will celebrate its 100th birthday and a century of providing science and nature education to generations of Santa Barbara residents from toddlers to seniors. To kick off the activities, we are hosting a Community Birthday Party! The Community Birthday Party will include free Museum admission for every visitor as well as a slice of birthday cake at 2 PM. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
12/15/15 - Save the Date! Centennial Celebration -- 1/24
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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will celebrate its 100th birthday and a century of providing science and nature education to generations of Santa Barbara residents from toddlers to seniors. To kick off the activities, we are hosting a Community Birthday Party! The Community Birthday Party will include free Museum admission for every visitor as well as a slice of birthday cake at 2 PM. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
12/15/15 - Save the Date! Field Trip: Carpentaria State Beach Tide pools -- 1/23
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Join Sea Center Aquarist Tyler Haven and staff at low tide to explore the flora and fauna of the intertidal zone. , Dress appropriately as tide pooling requires a willingness to get wet. $18 Members; $22 non-members. Pre-registration required. (i)rskinner@sbnature2.org or 805-682-4711 ext. 170 ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Email   Website
12/15/15 - Save the Date! Underwater Parks Day Festival -- 1/16
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Celebrate the biodiversity of marine animals living in our coastal waters. Investigate a micro marine ecosystem, spy on shore birds, embark on an ocean knowledge quest, meet birds of prey up close, and create ocean-themed art. Activities are free with admission. Info: Jackie Hunt jhunt@sbnature2.org or 805-962-2526 ext. 110 ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ... Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Email   Website
11/30/15 - This weekend ... Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace at SB Museum of Natural History
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ATTENTION: Collectors, Treasure Seekers, and Holiday Shoppers! The annual Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace, the largest folk art show in Southern California, returns to Santa Barbara with nearly 30 vendors representing more than 50 countries, and featuring an amazing selection of baskets, décor, ethnographic art, furniture, jewelry, pottery, rugs, sculpture, and more. Whether you are shopping for a gift or adding to your collection or “just because,” you can shop around the world for the truly unique whimsical, practical, and exotic treasures.
And while at the Museum, enjoy tantalizing cuisine at the Tribal Arts Café , stroll through the Museum’s picturesque grounds, and then continue shopping around the world.
Admission and parking are FREE. Proceeds from the Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace support the exhibits and science education programs at the Museum and Sea Center.
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11/9/15 - Save the Date! What’s a Winter Solstice? -- 12/20
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Celebrate the winter solstice in our newly renovated observatory by learning about the motion of the Earth around the Sun. This educational program will begin at the Palmer Observatory on the hour throughout the day.(i)rskinner@sbnature2.org or 805-682-4711 ext. 170.
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10/19/15 - Save the Date! Coming To Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians -- 11/11
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Coming to Light tells the dramatic story of Edward S. Curtis, a complicated, passionate, self-educated pioneer and visionary artist who set out in 1900 to document traditional Indian life before it was gone.
6:00 pm: Maximus Gallery Exhibit Tour: Edward S. Curtis - Luminous Portraits of American Indian Life
7:00 pm: Film screening of Coming to Light in Fleischmann Auditorium
8:30 pm: Discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Anne Makepeace. FREE admission for Veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day. Please RSVP to Sarah at 805-682-4711, ext. 110
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10/19/15 - Save the Date! Docent Registration Open House -- 11/19
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Ready to make a difference? Open the mind of a child by becoming a museum docent. Enjoy refreshments as you discover how to become part of our museum community that inspires and teaches students how to think like a scientist and connect with nature.
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