The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is a great way for kids to not only learn about the natural world, but the natural world with a focus on the region, bringing it all the most closer to home!
This popular museum features eleven exhibit halls, each focusing on an aspect of that regional natural history, from birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, Native Americans and the Chumash Indians.
The Mammal Hall features dioramas of some pretty special species that live in the area, and just can get up close and learn all about their habits and habitats.
For those kids who just love to explore, don't miss the Museum Backyard and Nature Club House, dedicated to outdoor learning and nature play space! The TWO Bird Halls are a fun way to identify any bird you might have seen flying in the area, plus some hands-on fun for kids with touchable objects in the Curiosity Labs!
The Santa Barbara Gallery exploring the ecology of Santa Barbara itself, and don't miss a chance to say hi to the iconic 74-foot long Blue Whale skeleton!
The natural world and history of the Santa Barbara region comes alive all around you, as you uncover the explore some pretty amazing wildlife and geology that makes the area so special.