Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Combine this with the Rose Garden and Mission for a full day of fun. Located behind the Historic Mission in wooded beautiful canyon.
Fun hands on museum with water features. Bring a change of clothes for the kiddos!
10min walk away Open daily 10AM-5PM. This large, well-presented museum is - literally - a hidden treasure. Highlights in the eleven exhibit halls include regional natural history, a life-size Blue Whale skeleton, and a rare skeleton of a pony-sized "pygmy mammoth." $10 for adults; free on the 3rd…
Guests learn about the Santa Barbara region’s unique and diverse natural history and then go outside to explore nature in the Museum Backyard.
“Well laid out gardens representing many different eco systems of California. Peaceful and delightful.”
“You can walk to this new museum, stop in on your way to the funk Zone. located just down the street from Villa Azul.”
“The courthouse has a long history of fires, earthquakes and rebuilds. The architecture is so different, moorish elements and Spanish revival with some wacky design features thrown in. The 360 degree view at the top gives you the best overall view of Santa Barbara. Not to be missed! You can tour for free daily and there are one hour guided tours daily at 2 PM and 10:30 Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Santa Barbara.com. 1100 Anacapa St., SB ”
“Free access with contemporary collections. Not as commonly visited as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, but worth a visit if you're downtown.”
“The museum has an amazing collection for such a small town, thanks to the many wealthy people who live in the area. It has the largest collection of Claude Monet paintings on the west coast. It is currently undergoing a huge remodel and by 2021 it will be even more impressive than it is now. And I’m a docent there so of course I feel that it’s a great place. Open again October 11th! You must make a reservation online. 1130 State St., SB SBMA.net”