Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Santa Barbara, CA

Where are we going?

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta Del Sol
Santa Barbara

805 682-4711

What is there to do?

The wonders of nature and the world come to life right in front of your eyes at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History!

This fascinating museum welcomes families to explore the eleven exhibit halls, that focus on regional natural history. Your adventure will introduce you to a range of birds, insects, mammals, and even marine life. 

Kids can learn all about paleontology, as well as Native American history and culture, and even see exhibits on the Chumash Indians. 

Have you ever seen how big a blue whale is in person? Check out the life-size Blue Whale skeleton! (Here's a hint kids, it's pretty HUGE!)

The Santa Barbara Gallery celebrates the beauty and diversity of nature within the region, and the Mammal Hall is home to a range of beautiful, weird, wonderful and majestic creatures who at one point actually roamed the area! Some are even arrived into the museum back in the 1920s, so even the exhibits have a history!

Mammal Hall is also great for kids too, with interactive areas to encourage even more learning, including touchable bones.

Venture to the Curiosity Lab for even more interactive fun for kids, where they can explore the wonders of the natural world through cool hands-on activities. 

Throughout the year, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History offer a number of family programs too!

With so many fun things to do with families at this great museum, it seems NATURAL to add it to your next day out in the great city of Santa Barbara!

Let's go, kids, nature's calling!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $12

Children: $7 (Ages 2 to 12), then $8 (Ages 13 to 17)

Discount: Senior discounts, plus Free Family Nature Days

Free Under: 2 years


Need a little extra help?

All exhibits are accessible for wheelchairs, with wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis


When can we go?

Open daily 10am - 5pm (3pm close Christmas Eve)

Open year round, but closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day


Any top tips?

Keep an eye out for the FREE family nature days across the year, they happen on select Sundays so check out the website and enjoy FREE admission!

I’m Hungry!

The Museum Store carries some snacks and there are vending machines on campus.

Healthy Eating

Why not bring your own healthy lunch? The Museum has a beautiful picnic area alongside the creek outdoors, and available on a first come, first served basis - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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