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.

Nature Collection

The Nature Collection is an educational loan service that offers a wide array of resource materials for educators to use in their classrooms. The Nature Collection Memberships are available to teachers, librarians, and other educators.

  • Individual Membership $75
  • School Membership (up to 9 teachers) $200
  • Membership is valid for one year
  • Two week loan period (extensions upon request)

Days and Hours of Operation

Currently Nature Collection operates 2:00–4:00 PM, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Sundays by appointment.

Please Note: In order to allow for social distancing, you need to make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. You can sign up here. You are also required to wear a face covering.

An active Nature Collection membership is required to check-out items. Memberships can be purchased or renewed during appointment


What can be borrowed?

Please Note: At this time the Lending Library will only loan specimens that are encased in plexiglass or Riker mounts.

  • Taxidermy mounts of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians
  • Marine life specimens
  • Bird nests and eggs
  • Geology and paleontology specimens
  • Animal skeletons, bones, and skins
  • Chumash Indian artifact reproductions
  • Books and other media focusing on natural history topics
    (maximum of two per loan period)

Nature Collection

How does the Membership work?

  • Members may check out materials on a first-come, first serve basis. No reservations or holds except on the day member intends to check out item.
  • Each member may check out up to 6 items* for two weeks. Kits are excluded. Overdue fines: $1 per item, per day.
  • Books are restricted to two per loan period.
  • Checkout and return of items are the personal responsibility of the Member. Overdue, lost or damaged items will incur additional fees.

Information: Nature Collection at or call 805-682-4711 ext. 122.