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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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Small but Educational

I was expecting a bigger place, but it I had fun. I got to feed baby sharks, and the employees are... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2015
rosemarie p
Oxnard, California
Pet the sharks

This is a small venue. I would recommend buying the pass to go to both museums instead just this... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2015
Tim T
via mobile
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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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211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3584
+1 805-962-2526
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Reviewed 15 November 2015

I was expecting a bigger place, but it I had fun. I got to feed baby sharks, and the employees are knowledgeable about our marine life. This is a great place to visit at any age

Thank rosemarie p
Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

This is a small venue. I would recommend buying the pass to go to both museums instead just this one. You do get to pet some little sharks and play with some tide pool creatures. The jelly fish exhibit is small but fun none the...More

Thank Tim T
Reviewed 30 September 2015

Being 23, I had a lot of fun here with my fiancé, she loves this stuff and we got to pet sharks and try to catch fish on the wet deck. was a bit surprised they have a real dead dolphin upstairs you can touch....More

Thank Disneycastmembr
Reviewed 24 September 2015

A simple museum that is geared toward kids. I did not have a kid with me but watched other families do "hands on" stuff with the grade school age kids.

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Great for kids and adults! You come away knowing a BUNCH about the Santa Barbara area (we especially like the stuffed birds and the snakes). If you are a local and haven't visited this museum, you are missing a lot!

1  Thank JohnandGlo
Reviewed 25 August 2015

The numerous volunteers happily don't discriminate and allow visitors of all ages to touch the swell sharks, skates, and numerous other sea creatures in the tanks. Right now there is a jelly fish exhibit that is like a work of art-- beautiful to just stand...More

Thank visitall50
Reviewed 10 August 2015

This is a very small marine/aquarium museum with a limited number of exhibits- not much to see....but it is at a great location!

Thank drjeff77
Reviewed 6 August 2015

Great location and a lot of wonderful displays for kids and adults alike. It is a beautiful museum. You could spent a whole day here.

1  Thank SLOMomma
Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

This was a fun after breakfast stop. Spent 1 - 1.5 hour here with great hands on sea life exhibits and fun, knowledgable volunteers throughout the museum.

Thank Threeeee
Reviewed 2 July 2015

We decided to stop in here on a whim after wandering the wharf on a Tuesday morning. It was $8pp and totally worth it. They have a lot of hands on exhibits. They have a large touch tank with knowledgeable employees. It wasn't crowded yet...More

Thank Drea1755
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