Founded in 1916 and nestled into the rock and oak of the surrounding area, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is a cluster of Spanish-Revival buildings surrounding a beautiful courtyard, all set to inspire the love of nature and passion for the natural world.
Children and adults alike will enjoy the expertly preserved displays of birds, insects, mammals, and sea life of the area, while the newly renovated full-dome planetarium always inspires wonder with nightly voyages through the stars. Kids especially enjoy clambering over boulders, building forts, and making mud-pies in the Museum Backyard, while a to-scale replica of a blue whale skeleton makes for interesting games of freeze tag. Let your inner child out, and explore the natural wonder of the world we live in at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
Located just behind Mission Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is located at 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, California. Parking is free for museum guests.