Santa Barbara Gallery


Formerly the Cartwright Insect Hall, The Santa Barbara Gallery has been dramatically transformed into a place where you can discover what makes our region so ecologically unique and special. It’s the perfect place to share (and maybe even brag about) Santa Barbara’s natural beauty. There are still a lot of insects to find, but we’ve added much more, including birds, mollusks, crabs, fish, a bobcat, and a healthy dose of beauty.

We’ve also included an area where you can explore and better understand the complex and sometimes perilous relationship between humans and the natural world. You’ll come away with a better understanding of what science has to say about our climate, fires, floods, biodiversity and more. With the evolution of this gallery, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History continues its tradition of being a reliable source of information about the natural world.