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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Type: History Museums, Museums, Outdoor Activities - Summer, Planetarium / Observatory

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A giant skeleton of a blue whale greets you at the entrance to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, letting you know that you have arrived at a magical place dedicated to the wonders of...  Read More


  • Best Attractions & Activities: "If you're visiting with kiddos, head straight out back to see animatronic dinosaurs in the "Prehistoric Forest.""
  • Things to Do with Kids: "In the summer, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is home to the much-beloved Butterflies Alive! exhibit. Check the website for exact dates; the exhibit usually wraps up in early September."
  • Museums: "The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is home to the much beloved Butterflies Alive! exhibit, allowing you to walk through a garden with 1,000 free-flying butterflies."
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This museum is fun and educational for all ages. It has a whale skeleton named "Chad" right out front, incredible exhibition halls and a planetarium!
  • Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Taxidermy, glowing minerals, life-sized dioramas, indoor and outdoor play spaces, a planetarium ... what's not to love?
  • Best for Museums Because: This is the place for curious hearts of every age. Check out a giant whale skeleton and catch a show at the planetarium.


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