We’re not your typical structured museum with stiff curators, cold halls, and strict rules. We like to go outside and get our hands dirty, pick up things and take a closer look, laugh, skip, or maybe even jump for joy. Because learning is messy and we all learn by doing, not sitting. That’s why we offer a different approach to discovering the natural world: one where you’re free to wander, ask “silly” questions, and explore on your own terms. And when you come to the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum or Sea Center, you’ll see we’re a museum unlike anything else. In a nutshell, we’re naturally different!
Visit: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CaliforniaSanta Barbara Museum of Natural History is located just behind Santa Barbara Mission and offers visitors of all ages a wealth of things to see and do. Walk right up to a life size, 74-foot Blue Whale skeleton. Enjoy interactive and informative exhibit halls about mammal, birds, Santa Barbara's unique ecosystems, marine life, fossils, gems and minerals, and Native Americans. Contemplate the beauty of nature and the confluences of nature, history, science, and the arts in the Maximus Art Gallery. Browse and read in the beautiful Museum Library, including its excellent children’s collection. Wander and explore the Nature Trail along Mission Creek. Experience the wonder and excitement of space exploration in the Space Lab and Gladwin Planetarium.