santa barbara museum of natural history

You may come across shells, rocks or even fossils on a nature walk without paying much attention to them. But, there’s a unique program on the South Coast that involves collecting these natural objects, learning more about them and trading them in for other items found in nature.

Children and adults alike are becoming citizen scientists at a museum in Santa Barbara.

A man is using an air compressor to clear dust out of a small display case which will be a part of one of the more than 50 new and refurbished exhibits at an iconic South Coast museum. Teams of diorama experts, fabricators, and even Hollywood prop makers are putting the finishing touches this week on the first two phases of a massive revamp of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

(Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History/National Park Service Photo)

Researchers say they’ve found the fossils of an extinct species of marine mammal in the Channel Islands which may be more than 20 million years old.

The Channel Islands are famous for the tiny island fox. But, did you know that they were also home to mammoths – weighing anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 pounds?

Researchers are now preserving a rare mammoth fossil that was discovered on the Channel Islands, and you can get a firsthand look as they try to learn more about it.

An impressive convoy of giant big rigs is sitting outside of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and crews are carefully unloading some giant wooden boxes.

Three truckloads of items belong to a tourist named Sue, who’s visiting Santa Barbara for the summer. In fact, she’s actually in the boxes.

Sue is a 42-foot-long, 12-foot-high Tyrannosaurus Rex.