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–4:00 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.

Sprague Butterfly Pavilion

Location: Museum

Description:  The new Sprague Butterfly Pavilion, a one-of-a-kind permanent structure built from local Santa Barbara sandstone and steel ribs, features hundreds of local flowering plants, a water pond, and wooden benches, inviting guests to relax and enjoy the naturally beautiful surroundings along the shaded banks of Mission Creek. The Pavilion is enclosed by wire mesh and has ceiling lights for evening events.


  • Pavilion + Front and Back Plazas: 150 people (max 50 people in Pavilion at any time)

Facilities: Pavilion is enclosed by wire mesh. ADA-accessible. 

Audio-Visual Capabilities: None

Internet Access: None


  • Up to 150 cars on site.


  • No smoking, balloons, confetti, or open flames.
  • No electrical outlets.
  • Events may begin at 5:30 PM and end by 9:30 PM.

Other Services:

  • Catering counseling
  • Security


  • Pavilion (After Labor Day to Before Memorial Day): $2,000
  • Pavilion during Butterflies Alive! exhibit (Memorial Day to Labor Day): $10,000

Please contact Caroline Baker Director of Development at

Event Rentals Pavilion