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!!
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.
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
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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
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