The Museum League began in 1979 to enhance public interest in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and to carry out fundraising projects for the benefit of the Museum. Our goal is to provide those things for the Museum staff and campus that the operating budget cannot, while introducing the public to our Museum. As a private non-profit organization, the Museum relies on The Museum League to supply funds for those needed extras that enhance the public’s enjoyment of the Museum's exhibits, special events, and educational programs.
Through the years, The Museum League has donated thousands of hours in successful events (such as the annual ArtWalk) that have contributed more than $725,000 to the Museum. A few of the projects The Museum League has funded are: the Museum’s first Wine Festival, the John Harrington exhibit in the Chumash Indian Hall, the Giant Squid exhibit in the Marine Hall, the remodel of the main kitchen and bathrooms, the surround-sound system in Fleischmann Auditorium, several Planetarium shows, the beloved Butterflies Alive summer exhibit, the Museum’s Sea Center on Stearns Wharf, a truck for the Facilities Department, and numerous types of equipment such as lighting, microscopes, and computers for several departments throughout the Museum.
The Museum League meets on the first Thursday of the month, September through June at 9:15 AM in the MacVeagh House located on the Museum’s campus. We invite you to join our active group of volunteers and participate in our exciting events. You may leave a message for us at 805-682-4711 ext. 181 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.