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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

The gigantic blue whale skeleton greets you at the entrance to this complex whose major draws include its planetarium, space lab, and gem and mineral display. Startlingly alive-looking stuffed specimens, complete with nests and eggs, roost in the bird hall, and a room of dioramas illustrates Chumash Indian history and culture. Outdoors, nature trails wind through the serene oak-studded grounds. A Nature Pass, available at the museum and the associated Sea Center, is good for discounted admission to both facilities.

Sight Information


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

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Sight Details:

  • $12; free 3rd Sun. of month Sept.–Apr.

Published 07/06/2016


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