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

Annual Mission Creek Gala

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History presents the 22nd annual Mission Creek Gala.

The Seahorse Soiree will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf.

The Museum inspires a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world and is committed to providing exceptional educational programs for the Santa Barbara community.

Our annual Gala has raised more than six million dollars for school programs since 2000.

Table Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Biodiversity Bosses $10,000
    Table for ten guests, private wait staff, champagne service, Museum Patron memberships for guests

  • Sea Floor Stewards $7,500
    Table for ten guests, private wait staff, Museum Patron memberships for guests

  • Habitat Heroes $5,000
    Table for eight; Museum memberships for guests

  • Channel Champions $1,500
    Tickets for two guests

  • Butterfly Dinner $10,000
    You have the opportunity to purchase a gourmet dinner and wine for ten guests in the beautiful Butterfly Pavilion (mutually agreeable date summer 2022).

Seahorse Soiree Honorary Committee

  • Stacey Byers
  • Carolyn Chandler
  • Sheri Eckmann
  • Venesa Faciane
  • Elisabeth Fowler
  • Heather Hambleton
  • Ken Kelly
  • Annette Kowblansky
  • Bobbie Kinnear
  • Patty MacFarlane
  • Nancy Martz
  • Nanette Nevins
  • Susan Parker
  • Holly Pieretti

For more information contact Caroline Baker at 805-682-4711 ext. 109 or

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Museum Gala fundraiser

Museum Gala Fundraiser

2018 Gala Video, "One Curious Child at a Time"