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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.

  • Saturday, August 13
  • Saturday, September 10
  • Saturday, October 8
  • Saturday, November 12
  • Saturday, December 10

From dusk to 10:00 PM
Admission: FREE for all



On the first Friday of the month, you can 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, August 5
Friday, September 2
7:00 PM in Farrand Hall at the Museum

Free Admission.



Prepare to blast off on a journey through the solar system and beyond at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s annual AstroVaganza! Solar viewing, night star party, telescope building, comets, planetarium shows, rockets, gliders and paper plane launching, and much more

Saturday, September 10
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Members: Free admission
Non-Members: $12/adults, $8/senior, $7/children 2-12


Planetarium AstroVaganza

We will offer a special planetarium show on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 pm.  Join us for a journey through the night sky with an up-close look at some wonders of our universe and cap it off with a musical light show.

Length: 40 minutes

Admission: $6 for non-members and $3 for members.




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