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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

#26 of 176 things to do in Santa Barbara Features Animals
211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3584
+1 805-962-2526
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It's mediocre at best

On the advice of a local we visited. If the admission was more than $12 I would have been extremely... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
rlepson
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Phoenix, Arizona
via mobile
Small but fun

The Sea Center is relatively small because it's on the wharf but they put a fair amount of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Michael R
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West Des Moines, IA
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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is located on Stearns Wharf and fulfills the mission of the Museum to inspire a passion for the natural world. At the Sea Center visitors of all ages can enjoy interactive exhibits, opportunities to work like scientists, a theater showcasing the wonders of the Santa Barbara Channel, hands-on close encounters with sea creatures, and a live shark touch pool. Children can crawl through a 1,500-gallon tidepool tank to see ocean life from a different perspective. The Sea Center is an engaging, interactive marine education facility that allows visitors to discover the fun in science and the wonders of the natural world.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good37%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3584
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the advice of a local we visited. If the admission was more than $12 I would have been extremely disappointed. There are a lot of dioramas and it's very much geared towards the younger crowd. It's not too big, and is set up by...More

Thank rlepson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sea Center is relatively small because it's on the wharf but they put a fair amount of activities in it. We got reciprocity on entry from our science center back home (Association of Science-Technology Centers). You can pet a shark, see how the tide...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the Museum of Natural History Sea Center a few months ago and it was looking a bit sad. The touch pool was great, but there was a really pungent smell in the upper area near the kid's sort of puppet theatre area....More

Thank Adri H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We popped in here with our young son. We all loved it. You could spend 30 minutes or two hours easily visiting the sea center.

Thank Sarah T
Reviewed 3 May 2017

We did it on a rainy day so we spend a lot of time in it, great for kids hands onm touching and lots of learning. Just do not go on week days mornings as schools might be visisting and as the place is not...More

Thank Flor S
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We walked out on the Stearns Wharf to check out the view and found this little museum. A tour of the all the exhibits will take you about an hour, maybe two if you read all of the literature. The first floor was dominated by...More

Thank Eric_W916
Reviewed 6 April 2017

My kids love going to the sea center. This time they pet small sharks and sea slugs. It is always educational, and the staff are so friendly.

Thank mmrwc
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Not too big and plenty of activities to keep my littles ones interested. We spent about 90 minutes there before we felt like my kids had reached their limit (4 & 22 months).

Thank PurdieParks
Reviewed 3 February 2017

The Santa Barbara Sea Center is a fantastic place to bring the children. The staff was very enthusiastic and helpful.

Thank wavehopper15
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Pretty cool stop. Free parking for 90 minutes. Unless your touching everything you can run through it in less than that. Lots of local animals.

Thank redneckITengineer
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