The Museum is open Wed–Mon, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf is open daily, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM.

Schools & Teachers

School Field Trips 2022–23

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center offers experiential, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)-aligned school programs for elementary, middle school, and high school classes. Live, interactive programs are available in person at the Museum and Sea Center, and online via Zoom.

We are currently fully booked with guided tours and live school programs at the Museum and Sea Center through June 2023. We still have available dates for our live, virtual field trip programs and self-guided visits for school groups.

For more on our live, virtual field trips and to book, click here.

To inquire about our self-guided visits, you can either fill out this online form or contact us directly at or by calling 805-682-4711 ext. 108. Please note that self-guided visits through June 2023 are only available after 12:30 PM on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Registration for school field trip programs for the 2023-2024 school year will open late summer 2023. Stay tuned for that date!

Are you interested in a self-guided visit for your group this summer?

We are delighted to be able to offer special rates for self-guided groups this summer. Click here for details.

Request a summer visit at the Museum for your group here.

Students on Museum School Field Trip, Bird Hall