Located just beyond the Old Mission, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History offers visitors of all ages a chance to discover and reconnect with nature. Visit informative exhibit halls about birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, geology, and the Chumash Indians. Walk through the Maximus Art Gallery – one of the few museums that combines history, science, nature, and art. Read a book in the Museum’s Library. Explore and hike the Nature Trail and The Museum Backyard along Mission Creek. Experience the excitement of space exploration in the Space Lab and Gladwin Planetarium. Discover the wonders of Earth, Moon, Mars & Beyond with the Magic Planet. Purchase mementos and unique gifts at the Museum Store.
Open Daily 10 AM-5 PM. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day and the last Saturday of June for the annual Santa Barbara Wine & Food FestivalTM. Admission: Adults $12; Teens/Seniors $8; Children (2-12 years) $7. Parking is free. Get the SB Nature Pass and visit both the Museum and Sea Center.
If you believe you can tackle all that Santa Barbara has to offer in just one day, you my friend, are truly mistaken. Between the can’t-beat beaches, adventure-awaiting mountains, full-belly foodie scene, the shop-till you drop State Street, and an unmistakable arts and cultural backdrop, fitting all of Santa Barbara into even just one weekend might pose a challenge. Now that…
It’s easy to see the allure of Santa Barbara: long stretches of tawny sand edging an expanse of ocean, an imposing backdrop of chaparral-covered mountains, and in between, a ribbon of land that is home to four exciting cities — Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito and Summerland. Santa Barbara and surrounding areas welcome families and individuals who enjoy the outdoors, sports, arts and culture, fine food and wine. There’s something for everyone… and three days will give you a chance to sample its charms.