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The Museum offers all of its members a wide range of programs designed exclusively for them, including exhibition receptions, free admission to family festivals, discounts to select special events and community programs, and shopping discounts. Events listed below are open to members, based on their respective membership levels. For more information contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114.


Member Events

Romancing the Stars
Saturday, February 13

Show Times: 6:00 PM and 6:45 PM

Take a romantic tour of the universe inside the Gladwin Planetarium. Uncover myths and stories about love, the planets, and Cupid's role in Greek mythology. Afterwards, you and your sweetie will view our amazing night sky through telescopes in our newly renovated Palmer Observatory. Guests will enjoy cupcakes and champagne.

$10 per person

FREE for Members of the Explorer Level and Above

Purchase Tickets 

Show is open to Adults Only. Parents are invited to bring their kids for a special Valentines craft session.  Kids can join parents in the Palmer Observatory following the show.

Annual Member’s Party
Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar

June 3
5:00-7:30 PM

Join us for our annual Member’s Party. Be surrounded by the beauty of 1,000 butterflies in the pavilion at the Butterflies Alive! exhibit. Check out A T. Rex Named Sue, the world’s most famous dinosaur.


New Member Orientation
July 14

5:30-7:00 PM
Tour: Butterflies Alive! and A T. rex Named Sue

Tour begins at 5:30 PM sharp.

Come to a New Member Orientation and learn about the Museum’s Membership program, benefits, events, and how to get involved.


Cocktails with a Curator: Out of the Cocoon
July 21
5:30-7:00 PM

Free for Naturalist level and above

Tickets: $35 for all other Members and their invited guests.

See moths and butterflies in a whole new light. Find out why they aren’t just winged splashes of color in your garden, but complex creatures with extraordinary lives and intricate microscopic structures. Get an up-close and in-depth look at these ubiquitous gossamer beauties.


SEPTEMBER is Member Appreciation Month

  • All month long-Museum and Sea Center

    Buy one admission and get one free admission for Member guests

  • All month long-Museum and Sea Center

    Buy one Gift of Membership and get one free

    September 10 Astrovaganza Members may bring additional guests for FREE. Guests must be with a Member. (There is no limit to the number of guests one Member can bring)

  • September 24 and 26 Artwalk

    Free admission for Members


Member Double Discount Days
December 6, 7, and 8

During these three days, Museum Members enjoy a 20% saving on all items in our gift stores. Get a jump on your holiday shopping during this annual event. Discover our assortment of scarves, T-shirts, jewelry, books, and more!


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