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Giant Sharks Swarm SB Museum of Natural History

Visitors to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History can get an up-close look at the largest sharks that ever lived. "Megalodon" is on exhibit through August (Photo Ken Pfeiffer)

Visitors to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History can get an up-close look at the largest sharks that ever lived. “Megalodon” is on exhibit through August 30, 2015. (Photo Ken Pfeiffer)

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is a cool place to visit any time of year.  Set in the city’s rustic Mission Canyon area, just around the corner from Old Mission Santa Barbara, it’s a lovely, peaceful place to spend the day.

And, if you are an ocean lover or fan of creatures that roam the sea, you’ll want to visit the museum this summer to explore “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived.” This exhibit runs through August 30, 2015.

While you’re there, be sure to check out some of my favorite exhibits at the museum, including the Chumash Indian hall & planetarium. Click to listen to the podcast below for my insider tips on what to see at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum.

The museum hosts special events year-round, including the Santa Barbara Wine Festival. This is one of my favorite area wine festivals because so many of the best Santa Barbara area vintners are pouring. But, pace yourself, a LOT of wine is flowing, it’s set in a relatively small area, and it may be a sunny, warm day. This year it’s coming up on Saturday, June 27 (2015).

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (Photo Ken Pfeiffer)

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (Photo Ken Pfeiffer)

Finally, butterfly lovers – mark your calendars. “Butterflies Alive,” the interactive exhibit where you walk among hundreds of live butterflies, will be back in the Spring/Summer of 2016.

Traffic411 Insider Tip:  Pack a picnic when you visit, there are several parks and shady spots nearby to enjoy your meal outdoors.

Check out the museum’s website at SBNature.org

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