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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

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The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is located on Stearns Wharf. It is an engaging, interactive marine education facility that allows visitors to discover the fun in science and the wonders of the natural world. At the Sea Center...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3584
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+1 805-962-2526
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not worth a visit at all. There's basically two rooms over two floors. The staff are nice and they let you touch the creatures. They were friendly and knowledgeable. But it's just expensive and lacking. There's the touchy fish then some urchins. Then a big...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with my two 11 year old children and they loved the interactive nature of the place. Staff were superb, especially Gino who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a place that one could return to numerous times. We spent 4 hours there and did not get to see all of it. I would like to spend time in each exhibit. Nice for children to play around and has nice outdoor activities...More

Thank ravenlady
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The center is great and the staff are super friendly and knowledgeable about the sea creatures they have. The center is right on the pier so you are surrounded by ocean on all sides. It's pretty small so 30 minutes to an hour tops would...More

Thank francesschulthies
Reviewed 7 July 2018

This is the Sea Center. It is located on Stern's Wharf What a great place for kids. They have touch pools with anemones, sea urchins, sea snails, sea slugs, sea stars etc. They are at a nice height for children to reach. The children can...More

Thank fungramma51
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

This place was great and very educational. We all enjoyed it. Really neat to touch the different sea creatures and to dip the bucket down and see what comes up from the ocean and get to examine craw fish and other creatures that came up...More

Thank travelb4891
Reviewed 24 June 2018

I took my nephew here for a visit which took about an hour. He really enjoyed himself and the staff was great with all the children. They took the time to explain about the sea animals, which they could touch, and how to touch them....More

Thank Diane961
Reviewed 18 June 2018

We came here with our family and the kids loved it. It’s quaint but has a lot of good exhibits for them.

Thank SarahM1989A
Reviewed 23 May 2018

Very cool sea creatures on display, many of which are in wide open "tidepools" and manned by staff so guests can learn and even touch the critters. My favorites were the starfish (there are SO many varieties!), and the stingrays (who are super friendly). While...More

Thank 789taraz
Reviewed 16 April 2018

This is a great little introduction to marine biology, especially for kids. There are lots of exhibits that are easy to access and hands-on. There were a couple of grade two classes there the day we visited, and the kids seemed to be really enjoying...More

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