The Museum's outdoor spaces are open to the public. We have different activities each day, so check our calendar to plan your visit. Indoor spaces are temporarily closed. The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf's outdoor spaces are open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon–4:00 PM.

Santa Barbara Gallery

Location: Museum

Description: The Santa Barbara Gallery is our newest exhibit space. Three-levels of unique dioramas highlight the rich biodiversity of Santa Barbara. It is adjacent to our courtyard, which features a fountain made from 13th-century tiles.


  • Seated dinner: 60
  • Cocktail reception: 100
  • Additional space available with rental combination

Audio-Visual Capabilities:

  • Flat screen TV
  • Must contact Museum-approved A/V technician for use of A/V equipment.

Internet Access: Yes


  • Up to 150 cars on site.

Limitations: No smoking, balloons, confetti, or open flames. Event must occur from 5:30-9:30 PM.

Other Services:

  • Catering counseling
  • On-site coordinator & security


Santa Barbara Gallery and Main Courtyard: $2,000

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

Santa Barbara Rental Hall