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.