Santa Barbara Natural History Museum

Last week we went to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. We went on a Thursday morning and practically had the place to ourselves. Spencer was able to run around the rooms and I didn’t have to worry about him getting trampled. He did try and “join” the few other groups of kids there and would cry when we walked away from those groups so we did some artful dodging of the other groups.

My camera is not good in low light, but in some of the rooms, the flash made it worse. I think I know what I’ll be asking Santa to bring me.

I loved that all of the drawers were Spencer height and he could explore them. He also liked pushing the buttons in the last picture and making the insect noises play.

There was an amazing double sided glass exhibit of butterfly specimens that I had a devil of a time photographing, but I wanted to include it here because it was my favorite part. The scale is hard to see, but it is about 5 ft by 8 ft and covered with butterflies and moths.

After doing the insect and fossil rooms, we explored the grounds a little. The grounds are nestled in the type of Southern California landscape I like best: hilly, a little scrubby with a nearly dry “creek” running though it. In the third picture, I managed to capture the exact second that Spencer realized that he did not like being on a bridge so much.

I think Spencer’s favorite part of the museum may have been the bird section. He called them all ducks, but what can you do. The museum is great, but if taxidermied animals freak you out at all, do not go. We followed up our visit with a lunch at Marmalade Cafe that included the best sweet potato fries.

Spencer, as per usual, made a beeline for the water. Lucky for us, the edge of the fountain was high enough and deep enough to keep him out. And then the little guy passed out in the car and slept for the next 2.5 hours. What amazes me, in retrospect, is that we only used the stroller to get him through the parking lot. He walked almost the whole trip. He’s officially graduated from baby to toddler. *sniff*

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3 Responses to “Santa Barbara Natural History Museum”

  1. Suzanne says:

    That looks REALLY fun! I’m so impressed Spencer walked – Little Evan usually only makes it 20 minutes or so before he’s begging to be carried.


  2. Jenni Chiu says:

    Looks like a very fun day. And I feel you on the *sniff* about babies becoming toddlers. Mine graduated not too long ago.

    PS- Bessie Tribe in the house!


  3. how fun! I love the natural history museum in Chicago.


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