The mission of the Collections and Research Division of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is to contribute to knowledge and understanding of the natural and cultural history of the Santa Barbara Region, and through research programs and use of collections, to study significant regional questions in a global context.
The research program of the museum seeks to address these questions by encouraging interdisciplinary initiatives that focus on important issues relating to the biodiversity, biogeography, ecology, geology, paleontology and Native American cultural history of the Santa Barbara Region. Whenever possible, the museum will work with other organizations and agencies to accomplish long-term research objectives.
The collections held by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History are organized within the staffed departments of Anthropology, Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, Museum Library and Archives and the Natural History Art Gallery. In addition there are holdings in mineralogy, regional geology and paleontology. Check out our new online Collections Databases at www.sbcollections.org.