We are nearly 100 years old!
As the Museum gets closer to this wonderful milestone, we have been looking at strategic and land use plans for the Museum's next 100 years. After two years and speaking with more than 1,000 people, we are currently making headway with our land use plans. The following document walks you through our ideas. We are still in the early stages, so there is a lot of work ahead and architectural details still to be designed. Please take a look and let us know your thoughts by contacting Easter Moorman at 805-682-4711 ext. 178.
Why Make Changes?
Nearing 100 years is thrilling, but it also brings with it some challenges ... namely: termites, water
damage, lack of compliance with building codes, poor fire prevention access, an awkward visitors
entrance, and non-ADA compliant pathways.
In order to address many of our 100-year old campus issues, we have developed a Master Plan. The diagram below shows our plans to remove buildings near the creek and create new museum space in the middle of our campus. We have a three-phase implementation plan denoted by the numbers in the symbols below. Phase 1 will occur over the next 10 years with Phases 2 and 3 implemented in the future under a Specific Plan that establishes land uses, building locations, and development standards.
Our Campus Goals:
Our idea is to combine our daily Museum objectives to promote sustainability through educational exhibits, research, and our natural history collections into ourcampus land use plans. To accomplish this, we have developed our NATURE goals: N = native habitat restoration; A = amenities for visitors & researchers; T = transforming exhibits; U = upgrading fire protections; R = rehabilitate historic structures; E = environmental sustainability & design.
As we think about the next 100 years for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, we would like to:
- Improve and utilize existing Museum spaces in the middle portion of our campus
- Create and restore native habitat in the woodlands and along Mission Creek on the Museum campus
- Remove non-historic buildings in the creek and woodland areas
- Maintain our unique Santa Barbara style
- Rehabilitate our historic structures
- Improve fire protection methods & create a mid-campus access road
- Create fire-safe artifact and specimen collection space
Please help us achieve our goals by volunteering your time and joining us on this exciting new phase for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Please contact Easter Moorman at 805-682-4711 ext. 178 to learn more.