Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History opens online store
Featuring unique items related to exhibits from anthropology to zoology, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has launched a new online store that includes a variety of carefully curated gifts, apparel, art books and supplies, stationery, drinkware, museum publications, children’s books, nonfiction books puzzles and games, toys and more.
They are available for local, contact-free curbside pickup and domestic shipping, according to store manager Kim Zsembik.
“Our online store offers a broad variety of community favorites like our eeBoo puzzles and games, and popular nature-themed titles which encourage all ages to step outside and explore their neighborhoods and the world around them,” she said.
“We’re excited to be able to offer so much of our hand-picked quality merchandise online for the first time. We hope to deliver the same personal service for our customers virtually as we offer in the physical store.”
Kitchenware is also included with items like mugs, wide-mouth water bottles and copper-insulated canteens.
With their sly play on words, the Whom Owl Mugs and No Prob Llama Mugs ($14.95 each) became early sellouts, according to Ms. Zsembik, who is also senior manager of guest services and the Butterfly Pavilion at the museum.
Other unusual items are the Blue Bird Yellow Bird Round Family Puzzle ($22.95), which has 500 pieces.
“It’s a fun and pretty puzzle for the whole family to enjoy, and the round edge makes for an extra challenge,” she said.”There’s also the Beautiful World Flash Card Set ($14.95), Unmistakable! Erasable Colored Pencils ($9.95), Rainbow Sparkle Glitter Markers ($16.95) and Magnetic Dress-Up Kits ($12.95).
“With the dress-up kits, anyone can be an astronaut, a paleontologist or a naturalist.”
There are also Look and Learn kits (Insects, Birds and Nature Detective) for $19.99 and Earth Science kits (Fossils, Rocks, Minerals and Crystals) for $14.95).
A Rocks and Minerals Mini Dig Kit costs $3.95.
Especially popular are long-sleeved T-shirts with butterfly designs, which Ms. Zsembik helped design.
“They cost $32.95, and they are the best-selling T-shirts we have ever offered,” she said.
One of the most unique items available at the online store are the Dibblee Geologic Maps, created by Thomas Wilson Dibblee Jr., a prominent Santa Barbaran who was born in Santa Barbara in 1911 and died in 2004.
Considered one of the most prolific field geologists in American history, he spent more than 60 years field mapping, leaving a legacy of 40,000 square miles of geologic maps, covering approximately one fourth of California.
The maps at the museum store, which are 2-by-4 feet and 3-by-5 feet, are available for $20 each.
“I’m excited to offer our Dibblee Geologic Maps to reach a wider audience of geology lovers,” said Ms. Zsembik. “Our online store features tools to help you find the right map to explore the geology of California. Many people love ordering these maps for their beautiful perspective on California geology.”