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The Museum offers all of its members a wide range of programs designed exclusively for them, including exhibition receptions, free admission to family festivals, discounts to select special events and community programs, and shopping discounts. Events listed below are open to members, based on their respective membership levels. For more information contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114.

What's New for Members in 2015!

Maximus Gallery Opening Receptions

Members of the Naturalist level and above are invited to preview the newest exhibition in the Maximus Gallery the night before the show opens to the public.

  • DEEP
    Thursday, June 11

    5:30-7:00 PM

    For centuries, the presence of large creatures below the surface of the sea fueled the imagination of seafarers and populated early maps. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that the Challenger expedition systematically studied the oceans and a crew of scientists laid the foundations of modern oceanography. DEEP tells the story of this pioneering voyage.

To RSVP or upgrade contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or at



Members Party & Family Festival
Friday, May 29
5:00-7:30 PM

All Members Welcome
Adults $14
Children $8.50

Price includes a buffet style taco bar

Celebrate the opening of our new Summer Show, Megalodon Largest Shark that Ever Lived. Enjoy an evening for the whole family, full of events, exhibit viewing, face painting, photo opportunities with Toothy the Shark, create your own shark craft and more. To purchase your ticket click here: Tickets.


World Oceans Day Reception and
Lecture at the Sea Center

June 6,  2015
5:00-6:00 PM Exclusive Members Reception
6:00-7:30 PM Healthy Sharks, Healthy Oceans Lecture With Dr. Chris Lowe

Complimentary reception For Members of the Naturalist Level and above.

To upgrade your membership contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or at

Fin Fridays
Third Friday of the month.
June - August

Enjoy this series of fun evening events celebrating all things shark. Discounts available for those who purchase tickets to all three events.

Landshark Adventure
Friday, June 19
5:30-8:00 PM
Take a city and ocean cruise aboard everyone's favorite shark. Learn about our local marine life told by underwater photographer and diver, Richard Salas. Enjoy a awine and cheese reception and exclusive time inside our summer exhibit, MEGALODON: Largest Shark that ever lived.

Fish Tacos at Sunset
Friday, July 17
Tickets: $25
Delight in stunning sunset and ocean views on our Sea Center deck. Dine on freshly made seafood tacos by cook Better Live Better Catering. Wine provided by Lucky Dogg Winery. Learn about the benefits of cooking with sustainable seafood. Enjoy the sea Center's current exhibits after-hours.

Shark After Dark Bingo Night
Friday, August 21
6:00-8:00 PM
Ticket Cost: $35
Bring your competitive edge to this fun night of shark-themed games. Win cool prizes at restaurants, wineries and local retail stores. Enjoy delicious appetizers and a complimentary glass of wine. Additional beverages available for purchase.

Open to Members Only
$10 off when you purchase tickets to all 3 events
Click HERE for tickets

Kids' Club Colossal Fossil Festival Breakfast
July 25
9:00-11:00 AM

Members of the Kids' Club will enjoy a special breakfast and create their own take-home shark craft before embarking on a day of fossil activities at our family fun Colossal Fossil Festival. Festival activities will include live entertainment, hands-on science demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, and more.

For Kids' Club Members and their Family
Interested in becoming a Kids' Club member? Learn more on our Kids club page or call: 805-682-4711 ext. 114

Cocktails With Curators
July 9
5:30-7:30 PM

Take a progressive tour with our curators as they interpret their collections and share stories of some of the most curious creatures of our darkest oceans. Sip on specialty cocktails, enjoy delicious appetizers and participate in engaging activities as you walk through the Museum halls.
Dive in to the depths of the oceans with us for this enchanting evening.

All Members Welcome
FREE For Members of the Naturalist level and above

To upgrade to the Naturalist level contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or at

Member Mornings
First and Third Saturday of October
9:00-11:00 AM

All Members Welcome

October 3 and October 24

  • Complimentary coffee & hot chocolate
  • Hold special critters at our Nature Club House
  • Meet our Backyard Raptor friends with
    Eyes in the Sky
  • Create your own bug craft

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