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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

Our Event Manager, Meridith Moore, is available to answer any questions and schedule on-site visit and consultation. Contact her at 805-682-4711 ext 112, or email at

Event Rentals Pavilion