Museum indoor & outdoor exhibits are open to a limited number of guests who reserve online in advance. The Museum is open Wed–Sun, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. Reserve tickets for the Museum at // The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf is open Wed–Sun, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. Tickets are available on-site only.

Facility Rentals

Due to capacity restrictions related to COVID-19, the Museum and Sea Center are not booking any venue rentals at this time.

Nestled in Nature...

...there is a unique location for your special occasion at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center. The Museum is nestled along the banks of Mission Creek, shaded by majestic oak trees. The beauty of nature provides a memorable place for ceremonies and receptions. The Sea Center rests atop the Pacific Ocean on historic Stearns Wharf, offering a unique blend of contemporary design and breathtaking views of Santa Barbara, renowned coastline. With one-of-kind spaces nestled in nature, the Museum and Sea Center can accommodate your special event. In addition, the special events staff of the Museum and Sea Center are available to offer exceptional on-site support.

Day or Night...

...large or small, from informally fun to formally festive or somewhere in between, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center offer the perfect settings for rehearsal dinners, weddings, receptions, board meetings, corporate events, client entertainment, and social celebrations.

The Museum and Sea Center also provide full-service support with facility rentals, catering recommendations, entertainment options, and historical enhancements. We're here to add the special, detailed touches that make the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center exceptional for any special occasion.

Wooded Area Museum Rental outdoors

Please contact Caroline Baker Director of Development at

Top photo credit: Nicole Kirshner