2559 Puesta Del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA

Founded in 1916 as the Museum of Comparative Oology, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has evolved to include more than 3.5 million specimens covering every aspect of natural history—from mammals, birds, and marine life to geology, astronomy, paleontology, and anthropology.

Newly renovated in 2018, the Museum boasts state-of-the-art interactive exhibits for all ages, paired with the Central Coast’s only planetarium, on 17 acres of oak woodland along Mission Creek. Guests learn about the Santa Barbara region’s unique and diverse natural history and then go outside to explore nature in the Museum Backyard. Museum education programs serve all ages to promote scientific literacy and instill a passion for nature and learning.

Open Daily 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day and the last Saturday of June for the annual Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival. 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.

Hours of Operation

Monday 10AM - 5PM
Tuesday 10AM - 5PM
Wednesday 10AM - 5PM
Thursday 10AM - 5PM
Friday 10AM - 5PM
Saturday 10AM - 5PM
Sunday 10AM - 5PM

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

2559 Puesta Del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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Amenities

Amenities

Accommodations - General
100% Smoke Free:
Yes
AAA Discount:
Yes
Senior Citizen Discount:
Yes
Accommodations - On-Site
A/V on site:
Yes
Bus Parking:
Yes
Free Parking:
Yes
Meeting Facilities on site:
Yes
Outdoor Event Venues:
Yes
Picnic Area:
Yes
Childrens Programs:
Yes
Amenities - Wine
Picnic Area:
Yes
Winery Events:
Yes
Attractions
Picnic Area:
Yes
Educational Programs:
Yes
Gift Shop:
Yes
Kids Programs:
Yes
Outdoor Activities:
Yes
Parking Available:
Yes
Water Activities:
Yes
Shopping
Boutique/Shop:
Yes
Parking:
Yes

General

Accessibility
Wheelchair:
Yes
General
Green:
Yes
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Special Events


Santa in the Holiday Pavilion

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Santa has traveled all the way from the North Pole to visit our new Holiday Pavilion and he wants to meet you! Come tell him your…


Orchid Safari Show & Sale

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Come and enjoy the beautiful Laelia anceps and other orchids blooming in fall for Thanksgiving in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural…


Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

The Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival™ takes place along the banks of Mission Creek at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.…