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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.

What's New for Members in 2015!

Maximus Gallery Opening Receptions

Members of the Naturalist level and above are invited to preview the newest exhibition in the Maximus Gallery the night before the show opens to the public.

  • What We Collect 
    Museum Acquisitions 2010-2014

    Thursday, February 12
    5:30-7:00 PM

    This exhibit features antique prints of plants, mammals, birds, Chumash water bottles, minerals and new additions to our extensive egg, butterfly and rare book collections.
  • DEEP
    Thursday, June 11

    5:30-7:00 PM

    For centuries, the presence of large creatures below the surface of the sea fueled the imagination of seafarers and populated early maps. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that the Challenger expedition systematically studied the oceans and a crew of scientists laid the foundations of modern oceanography. DEEP tells the story of this pioneering voyage.

To RSVP or upgrade contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or at

Valentines Star Party
February 14, 2015
6:45-8:30 PM

Planetarium show and Valentines Treats ONLY available to Members.
Telescope viewing open to the Public

Fall in Love Under the Stars. View our amazing galaxy under the night time sky.  Museum Members will enjoy a special Valentines Planetarium show. Uncover the myths and stories about love, the planet, and cupid's role in Greek mythology. Plus, Members will also delight in complimentary cupcakes from Crushcakes Bakery, and coffee and hot chocolate from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

To RSVP contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or at

Members Party & Family Festival
Friday, May 29
5:00-7:30 PM

All Members Welcome
Adults $14
Children $8.50

Price includes a buffet style taco bar

Celebrate the opening of our new Summer Show, Megalodon Largest Shark that Ever Lived. Evening will include activities the whole family can enjoy.


World Oceans Day Reception and
Lecture at the Sea Center

June 6,  2015
6:15-7:00 PM Reception
7:00-8:30 PM Lecture

Shark Program Open to the Public
Reception For Members of the Naturalist Level and Above

To RSVP or upgrade contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or at

Fin Fridays
Third Friday of the month.
June - August

Enjoy this series of fun evening events celebrating all things shark. Discounts available for those who purchase tickets to all three events.

  • June 19: Land Shark Adventure
  • July 17: Fish Tacos at Sunset
  • August 21: Shark After Dark Bingo Night

Members and Non Members Welcome.
Members receive discounted rates.

Kids' Club Summer Exhibit Festival Breakfast
July 25
9:00-11:00 AM

Members of the Kids' Club will enjoy a special breakfast and create their own take-home shark craft before embarking on a day of fossil activities at our family fun Summer Exhibit Festival.

For Kids' Club Members and their Family
Interested in becoming a Kids' Club member? Learn more on our Kids club page or call: 805-682-4711 ext. 114

Cocktails With Curators
July 9
5:30-7:30 PM

Take a progressive tour with our curators as they interpet their collections and share stories of some of the most curous creatures of our darkest oceans. Sip on specialty cocktails, enjoy delicious appetizers and participate in engaging activities as you walk through the Museum halls.
Dive in to the depths of the oceans with us for this enchanting evening.

Open to All Members
FREE For Members of the Naturalist level and above

To upgrade to the Naturalist level contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or at

Member Mornings
First and Third Saturday of October
9:00-11:00 AM

All Members Welcome

October 3 and October 24

  • Complimentary coffee & hot chocolate
  • Hold special critters at our Nature Club House
  • Meet our Backyard Raptor friends with
    Eyes in the Sky
  • Create your own bug craft

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