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NOTE: The Sea Center will be closed October 22-31, 2014 for renovations.

See and Do Science at the Sea Center

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is located on Stearns Wharf and fulfills the mission of the Museum to inspire a passion for the natural world.

At the Sea Center visitors of all ages can enjoy interactive exhibits, opportunities to work like scientists, a theater showcasing the wonders of the Santa Barbara Channel, hands-on close encounters with sea creatures, and a live shark touch pool. Children can crawl through a 1,500-gallon tidepool tank to see ocean life from a different perspective. The Sea Center is an engaging, interactive marine education facility that allows visitors to discover the fun in science and the wonders of the natural world.

WOW! A Sea Star!

Discover sea creatures up-close and enjoy live tidepool encounters.

Kid Exploring, sea stars, urchins, limpets, sea center

Explore the ocean from the inside-out when you crawl through a tunnel inside a 1,500 gallon surge tank. Observe sea stars, urchins, limpets, and much more.

Imagine being an oceanographer for the day.

Come face-to-face and touch a shark at the touch pool.

Take ocean samples and view sea life close up through video magnifiers on the Wet Deck.

Enter the Marine Mammal Mezzanine and greet a 39-foot, life-size model of a California Gray whale and her calf.



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