Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Located in California, the scientific institution aims to inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.

Nurturing the Bond Between Humans and the Natural World

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History was established in 1916 as the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Seven years later, the museum opened the doors to its current campus. In more than a century since its founding, the museum has expanded to include a collection of 3.5 million specimens and artifacts ranging across every aspect of natural history. It includes birds, mammals, and marine life, anthropology, astronomy, geology, and paleontology. The museum is also home to the only planetarium on California's Central Coast.

In 1987, the museum built the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf. The Sea Center's small aquarium and marine education facility enable audiences to have hands-on encounters with life from the Santa Barbara Channel and to understand marine environments more thoroughly. Through its exhibits and programming, the museum is committed to highlighting the interrelationship between humans and nature. 

GRoW Support

2023

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT

2022

General Operating Support

2021

General Operating Support

2020

General Operating Support