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!!
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
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



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