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!!
6/25/15 - Join us for the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ -- Saturday (6/27)
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Spend the afternoon at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival: Make it a romantic experience with your partner, or an outing with friends. Enjoy tastes from over 50 Central Coast Wineries and 35 Food Purveyors as you wander along the banks of Mission Creek, shaded by California Oaks and Redwoods at your own pace. Meet the winemakers and chefs - taste your favorite wines and discover new ones. This is a chance to experience wines and foods that will entice you to check out their wine tasting rooms and restaurants... in fact, after the festival why not go to one of the participating restaurants and enjoy even more! Venue ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Website
6/8/15 - Get your tickets for ... Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ ... June 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
5/27/15 - Save the Date! Science on Site -- 6/6
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Come to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History this summer for Science on Site—a unique opportunity to interact with professionals that work in a variety of natural history and scientific focused fields. During Science on Site observe the work of professionals as it is conducted up-close, have direct one-on-one engagements, and even participate in an scientific or nature based activity.
Science on Site is free with admission and occurs at the following dates & times:
Saturday, June 6th 11:00AM-2:00PM Aging Raccoon Skulls & Raccoon Parasites w/ Sara Weinstein, UCSB (in the Curiosity Lab) Saturday, June 13th 11:00AM-2:00PM: Fish Tissue Dissections & Beach Parasites w/ John McLaughlin, UCSB (in Broder Hall) Saturday, June 20th 11:00AM-2:00PM: Nature Printing: Shells & Plants w/ Dr. Eric Hochberg, SBMNH, & Melissa Barranco (in the Museum Courtyard) Friday, June 26th 11:00AM-2:00PM: Midden Sorting w/ Tacy Kennedy, SBMNH (in the Curiosity Lab) Saturday, July 11th 11:00AM-2:00PM: Sediment Core Analysis with Laura Reynolds, UCSB (in the Curiosity Lab) Saturday, July 18th 11:00AM-2:00PM: Basket Weaving w/ Basket Weaver Society & Dr. Jan Timbrook, SBMNH (in the Courtyard) Saturday, July 25th 10:00AM-4:00PM: Fossil Preparation w/ Dr. Daniel Luna, UCSB (Creekside) Saturday, August 1st 11:00AM-2:00PM: Nature Printing: Shells & Plants w/ Dr. Eric Hochberg, SBMNH & Melissa Barranco (in the Museum Courtyard) Thursday, August 6th 1:00PM-4:00PM: Vertebrate Zoology Open House w/ Dr. Krista Fahy, SBMNH (in Vertebrate Zoology Lab– Collections & Research) Thursday, August 13th 11:00AM-2:00PM: Close-up on Specimens with the Scanning Electron Microscope w/ Dr. Daniel Geiger, SBMNH (in Invertebrate Zoology Lab– Collections & Research) Thursday, August 20th 1:00PM-4:00PM: Invertebrate Zoology Open House w/ Patricia Sadeghian (in Invertebrate Zoology Lab– Collections & Research)
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Venue ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Email   Website
2/19/15 - 0 to 60: An Underwater Adventure from the Equator to Alaska -A Photographic Exhibit by Richard Salas
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Opens Saturday, March 14. 1 Show, 3 Venues. Visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Sea Center and the Wildling Museum to experience the whole 4,000-mile adventure! Entrance to exhibition included with general admission at each location.  Website
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
Venue ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Email   Website
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
Venue ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Email   Website
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
Venue ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Email   Website
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
Venue ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History  Email   Website
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



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