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Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Sights

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

  • 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. Map It
  • Santa Barbara

Updated 05/04/2014

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The gigantic skeleton of a blue whale greets you at the entrance of this complex. The major draws include the planetarium, space lab, and a gem and mineral display. A room of dioramas illustrates Chumash Indian history and culture. Startlingly alive-looking stuffed specimens, complete with nests and eggs, roost in the bird hall. Many exhibits have interactive components. Outdoors, nature trails wind through the serene oak-studded grounds. A Nature Pass, available at the

museum and the associated Ty Warner Sea Center, is good for discounted unlimited two-day admission to both facilities.

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2559 Puesta del Sol Rd., off Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, California, 93105, United States

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  • $13 May–Sept.; $12 Oct.–Apr.; free 3rd Sun. of month Sept.–Apr.
  • Daily 10–5

Updated 05/04/2014


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Jul 30, 2007

Buterflies Alive is back!

We have been to this exhibit since 2001, and the Museum always does a beautiful job. We were bummed it was closed last year, but this summer it is back with more than 1000 butterflies that you can see close up. Also, this summer the Museum is offering three summer shows...Butterflies Alive and Grossology at the musuem main campus, and Claws at the Ty Warner Sea Center on Stearns Wharf. Be sure to ask them about the SB Nature Pass where you can see

all three shows over two days for one low price.

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