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 sits on 17 acres of oak woodland along Mission Creek. Guests learn about the Santa Barbara region’s unique and diverse natural history in a wide range of indoor and outdoor exhibits, and explore nature in the Museum Backyard. Museum education programs serve all ages to promote scientific literacy and instill a passion for nature and learning.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) and their community partners are going all out for the highly-anticipated Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources exhibition. On view February 27 through May 22, 2022, the temporary exhibition showcases 20 masterpieces by Vincent Van Gogh, along with 75 artworks and objects the Dutch painter admired.
When you’re in need of a break from the work-from-home, school-from-home routine, simply remember that the school of Santa Barbara is always in session. From outdoor museums to botanical and zoological gardens, spice up your virtual learning lesson plan with an overnight field trip to experience the educational adventures available within the Santa Barbara South Coast. Additionally, area hotels make…