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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Special Events


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Santa Barbara Artwalk

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Don't miss the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Artwalk! Featuring a variety of artists, including photography, pottery, sculpture,…


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.…


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Butterflies Alive! and Backyard Reopening

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

The Museum’s popular seasonal exhibit Butterflies Alive! returns Saturday, September 22 through Sunday, October 14 in the new…


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Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

This is a three day shopping extravaganza and the largest folk art show in Southern California. With nearly 30 vendors representing more…