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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

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211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3584
+1 805-962-2526
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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 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.
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  • Average15%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3584
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"sea creatures"
in 12 reviews
"sea cucumbers"
in 5 reviews
"jellyfish exhibit"
in 4 reviews
"small sharks"
in 4 reviews
"wet deck"
in 3 reviews
"marine life"
in 8 reviews
"great place for small children"
in 2 reviews
"small center"
in 2 reviews
"all ages"
in 7 reviews
"older kids"
in 2 reviews
"stearns wharf"
in 3 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 2 reviews
"tanks"
in 19 reviews
"aquarium"
in 16 reviews
"microscope"
in 9 reviews
"volunteers"
in 13 reviews
"touching"
in 10 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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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

Thank dougnorm
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

We are second year members with the natural history museum/ sea center. You get to visit both with the membership. My elementary aged kids and my young adult children all love going. The favorite spot to be is the room where there's a hole in...More

Thank Crisi E
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

The Sea Center is a great place to visit, take your kids, grandkids or great-grandkids (we took all of the above). It is a small Sea Center but has lots of interactive displays. For the older folks, its relaxing to set outside and just watch...More

Thank martigarcia1
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

We have been here twice when in town visiting SB. My daughter hopes to be a marine biologist so this is a fun place to visit. The most recent visit ( she is 13 now) - she very much enjoyed the touch tanks, the microscope...More

Thank Ally G
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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Really great place to spend a couple of hours...Young volunteer (10 years old!! - Sebastian) so very polite at the shark touch tank...you can also bring up sand samples and explore what's on the sea bed...cool jellyfish exhibit upstairs.

Thank garnetuk
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

A great stop while at Stearns wharf in Santa Barbara. Jellyfish exhibit is awesome, touch tanks are great fun and if you have an affinity for ocean life this is a place to stop and explore. Kids love it and you may have a tough...More

Thank kcslatts
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

This is a small place, but totally worth the visit. My kids are ages 6, 4, 4, and 1, and there was something for everyone. They all loved the touch tanks (sharks, sea cucumbers, anenomes, sea urchins, sea stars, and snails). My daughter loved the...More

Thank kurisuteina
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

I love this treasure of a museum. No matter how many years go by it's still a wonderful outing. They get new things all the time, maintain their facility and it's an affordable outing for the whole family. They have wonderful places all over the...More

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