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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

#27 of 173 things to do in Santa Barbara Features Animals
211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3584
+1 805-962-2526
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Best hands-on that we have seen!

We were staying in the area and looking for a good experience for our 7 and 10 year old grand kids... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2016
Jimbo G
Riverside, California
Great Small Museum for Kids/Families

We happened to visit this museum on a free day, so I can't speak to the entrance fees to this... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2016
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3584
+1 805-962-2526
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

We were staying in the area and looking for a good experience for our 7 and 10 year old grand kids. We researched the website and some of the reviews before taking a chance. It was great! The helpful staff introduced the kids to touching...More

Thank Jimbo G
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

We happened to visit this museum on a free day, so I can't speak to the entrance fees to this museum. The exhibits are nice and we'll executed. My kids particularly enjoyed the kids exploration area. We should have stayed there longer. I enjoyed the...More

Thank ALaLa722
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Small but well curated touch pools with sharks,shell animals and jellyfish. Great for family fun , nice hands on experience with microscopes and sediment from bay.

Thank Katherine H
Reviewed 12 November 2016

I loved all of the hands on activities for visitors of all ages. My favorite exhibit was of a dolphin that had undergo a necropsy. Very interesting. The volunteers were excellent....a real plus for the Museum.

Thank dinkydog99
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This lovely setting with a number of community events on weekends offers much for locals and visitors alike. This unique museum focuses on Santa Barbara and provides an important opportunity to learn about the local nature and culture. Check out the Bird Hall with Ray...More

Thank Anabel-2013
Reviewed 31 August 2016

This is one of the reciprocal museums to our hometown museum, so with free entry, it was a no brainer. My kid loved touching everything, and we could do it in less than an hour, so valet parking was free out on the pier.

Thank alibarbaraMilwaukee
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Having seen toddlers overwhelmed at the huge aquariums in Monterey and Long Beach, we decided to take our three-and-a-half year old grandson to the less visited Stearn's Wharf Aquarium on August 25, 2016. He was delighted to be provided with several opportunities to actually touch...More

Thank Beverly K
Reviewed 26 August 2016

My toddler and preschooler enjoyed the hands-on activities and the walk-through tank that was made just for their size. We enjoyed walking through the jelly-fish exhibit and most of the staff were very eager to share knowledge and information. The Sea Center is in a...More

Thank Reese923
Reviewed 21 August 2016

I was traveling down the coast from San Fran heading to the LA with my 5 yr old granddaughter. We decided to stop in Santa barbara and since I have a Boston Science Museum pass I knew I could get into this museum for free....More

Thank pastelebony
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We spent about 45 minutes here. Touch tanks and the preserved dolphin were cool. We parked in the city lot nearby and also did the carousel at Chase Palm. Good afternoon

Thank SCVerMF
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