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This is an exciting time at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History!

Starting September 2017 key areas of the Mission Creek campus will be undergoing an amazing revitalization.

And rest assured, the Museum will remain open, active, and exciting throughout the entire period of the renovations.

The Museum’s highly popular Backyard and Nature Clubhouse will undergo enhancements along with the creation of new program spaces.

We will be opening a new outdoor nature engagement area, BaseCamp, on the south side of Mission Creek. This will be a must visit spot while the Backyard and Nature Clubhouse are being improved.

Changes will be made along the frontage of the Museum to beautify visitors’ arrival and to create safe and accessible paths of travel.

Our beloved Cartwright Hall, Mammal Hall, and Bird Hall will be closed for long overdue work on the dioramas, new finishes, and exciting new interpretation.

During the period of renovations – September 2017 to June 2018 – dynamic programs will continue to be offered at the Museum– so check our website often so as not to miss out on a variety of exciting engagements.

And of course, the beautiful Sea Center is always ready to welcome anyone who wants to get their hands wet touching sharks, rays, and tide pool animals.

For questions about this exciting transformative project and the Centennial Campaign that is underway to support it, please contact President & CEO Luke J. Swetland at 805-682-4711 ext. 102 or



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