The Natural History Museum is divided up into eight halls that represent different sciences. Admission to all eight halls is included in museum general admission. The specimens in the exhibit have been preserved in many ways including taxidermy. Each hall is set up much like a diorama filled with animals and created habitats displayed together in a scene.
Mammal Hall- Like the name suggests, mammals are featured in this hall. Visitors will learn about each animal on display from badgers to deer, foxes and even bears. Each exhibit will teach about the mammal’s physical characteristics like fur, antlers, teeth, camouflage, and other features that help it adapt to its environment.
Denis M. Power Bird Hall- This exhibit is one of the most renowned of its kind. There are 500 different birds representing 300 species in this hall. Each of the birds in this exhibit are native to the west coast and California.
Cartwright Hall- This exhibit is unique because it explored relationships between living things from plant and insect relationships to fire and climate. The habitats that are included in this exhibit are Salt Marsh, Yellow Pine Forest, Savanna, Oak Woodlands, Coastal Dunes and Chaparral. Most of the specimens are invertebrates and include terrestrial and freshwater species. The entrance to the hall is an amazing glass wall with over 4,000 butterflies, moths, and insects mounted to it. This exhibit also includes many live specimens such as spider, crustaceans, millipedes and scorpions.
Chumash Indian Hall- The history of the Chumash Indians is portrayed in this hall. These people were indigenous to the Santa Barbara area. The Natural History Museums holds one of the most impressive collections of Chumash artifacts in the world and partner with the local Chumash community to learn more. Photo: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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