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The Museum is embarking upon a series of ambitious and exciting projects this year that will make our campus more accessible, and even more engaging. And while the Museum will remain open during these renovations, there will be impacts upon our operations, including a significant amount of our onsite parking space dedicated for the use of the construction equipment and materials, and a renovation of the Mammal, Bird and Cartwright Exhibits Hall’s.


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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, California 93105 USA

805-682-4711

The Museum is located just behind the Old Mission and offers visitors of all ages a wealth of things to see and do. Walk right up to a life size, 74-foot Blue Whale skeleton. Enjoy informative exhibit halls marine life, fossils, and Native Americans. Contemplate the beauty of nature and the confluences of nature, history, science, and the arts in the Maximus Art Gallery. Browse and read in the beautiful Museum Library, including its excellent children’s collection. Wander and explore the Nature Trail along Mission Creek. Experience the wonder and excitement of space exploration in the Space Lab and Gladwin Planetarium.


HOURS:
Open Daily 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the last Saturday in June for the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™. Closing early at 3:00 PM on Christmas Eve.

Admission & Parking:

  • Adult (18-64 years) $12 
  • Senior (65+ years) $8
  • Teen (13-17 years) $8
  • Child (2-12 years) $7
  • Child (less than 2 years) Free
  • Planetarium Tickets: Members free; Non-members $4/person with paid admission.
  • Free Family Sundays are the third Sunday of January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December.
  • Parking is Free
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Sea Center
211 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, California 93101 USA

805-962-2526

Owned and operated by the Museum, the Sea Center is located on Stearns Wharf. The Sea Center features interactive experiences and exhibits to introduce visitors to the marvelous diversity of ocean life in the Santa Barbara region and how we can help protect it for the benefit of future generations. Touch sharks in the shark pool and sea urchins in the touch tank. Help Sea Center staff and volunteers collect samples of ocean water and examine it for tiny and strange looking plankton. Crawl through a 1,500-gallon tidepool tank to see ocean life from a different perspective.


HOURS:
Open Daily 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

Closed: New Year’s Day , Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Closing early at 3:00 PM Christmas Eve.

Admission & Parking

  • Adult (18-64 years) $8.50
  • Senior (65+ years)$7.50
  • Teen (13-17 years) $7.50
  • Child (2-12 years) $6
  • Child (less than 2 years) Free
  • Public parking on Stearns Wharf is free for the first 90 minutes with ticket validation by a wharf merchant.

 

Get a Museum Membership and visit both the Museum and Sea Center for free.
Plus Museum Members get free planetarium tickets for daytime shows.


NOTE: The Museum and Sea Center are pet-free and non-smoking campuses.
Please, no food or drinks in the exhibit halls and areas.

GROUP RATES

The Museum is embarking upon a series of ambitious and exciting projects this year that will make our campus more accessible, and even more engaging. And while the Museum will remain open during these renovations, there will be impacts upon our operations, including a significant amount of our onsite parking space dedicated for the use of the construction equipment and materials, and a renovation of the Mammal, Bird and Cartwright Exhibits Hall’s. Due to these impacts we will not be offering Group Rates at the Museum Campus this Fall or Winter.

Of course, the beautiful Sea Center on Stearns’s Wharf is always ready to welcome anyone who wants to get their hands wet touching sharks, rays, and tide pool animals and make a Group Reservation.

Sea Center Group Rates (Determined on a per person basis):

  • Child (ages 2–12) $4.50 per person
  • Teen (ages 13-17) $5.50 per person
  • Adult (ages 18–64) $6.50 per person
  • Senior (age 65 and over) $5.50 per person

Terms & Conditions

  • Space is limited and reduced group rates for admission to the Museum and Sea Center is available to groups of 10 or more by reservation only.
  • Reservations must be made one week PRIOR to your visit.
  • If Museum Members are included in the group of 10 or more they are required to pay group rate.
  • Groups must pay as a group in one transaction.
  • Admission to the Planetarium is NOT included in the group rate admission. Planetarium tickets cost $4 per person PLUS Museum admission.

To make your Group Rate Reservation please call one week PRIOR to your visit.

  • Sea Center 805-962-2526 ext. 108
 

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