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Any time is a great time for enjoying the marvels of the universe. When special events occur, it is an especially fun and memorable time to enjoy the wonders of our sky.




On the second Saturday of every month, the Museum offers public observations at the Museum's Palmer Observatory. These Star Parties are hosted by members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, who provide telescopes and their expert knowledge of the night sky. Star Parties are held in conjunction with Evening Exclusives.

  • Saturday, April 12
  • Saturday, May 10 (at the Camino Real Market Place)
  • Saturday, June 14

      From dusk to 10:00 PM

Admission: Members FREE;
Non-members $2/adult and $1/child.


National Astronomy Day

In 2014 National Astronomy Day will be on Saturday, May 10 and the museum will join the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit to celebrate this day with an all-day astronomical event at the Camino Real Market Place.

Come join us for a full day of astronomical fun. Day-time ctivities include hands-on astronomical activities, solar viewing, mirror grinding workshop and a free telescope raffle!

Once the Sun sets, you will be able to look through a telescope and enjoy the biew of Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, the Moon and many other cosmic wonders with an expert astronomer ready to guide you and answer your questions.

From 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Camino Reral Market Place

Admission: FREE!


On the first Friday of the month, come see a quick planetarium show, hear a cool lecture, and catch up on all the outreach events of one of the nation's most active astronomy clubs. Find out more at


  • Friday, April 4
  • Friday, May 2
  • Friday, June 6
  • 7:00 PM in Farrand Hall at the Museum

    Admission: FREE for all.





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