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.

Press Releases

May 23, 2022
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History opens its popular summer exhibit Butterflies Alive! on Saturday, May 28.
May 12, 2022
Annual fundraising event exceeds goal while celebrating Sea Center’s reopening
May 5, 2022
SBMNH and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians collaborated on exchange under Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
April 11, 2022
A new exhibit featuring 20 original nineteenth-century hand-colored lithographs of exotic hummingbirds is opening at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on Friday, May 6.
March 1, 2022
Guests invited to explore the underwater world of the Santa Barbara Channel
January 26, 2022
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is proud to announce Brad Willis as the 30th chair of its Board of Trustees.
November 11, 2021
Annual fundraiser offers one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience that gives back.
October 15, 2021
New Maximus Gallery Exhibit Showcases Curators & Behind-the-Scenes Collections
September 14, 2021
Local business and educators get a boost to develop sustainable seafood curriculum
August 18, 2021
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is hosting an online open house for people of all ages and backgrounds with a passion for science!
August 4, 2021
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History hosted its Leadership Circles of Giving Luncheon on Tuesday, July 27 in Fleischmann Auditorium.
July 28, 2021
Lauren Booth, Melissa Fassett, Tim Kochis, Corinne Laverty, Keith Reichel, Sarah Sheshunoff, and Lotus Vermeer join the Board of Trustees.
July 12, 2021
Museums for All program offers free or greatly reduced admission to some of the region’s most popular destinations and access to high-quality museum learning resources
May 19, 2021
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is thrilled to announce the opening of its beloved summer exhibit Butterflies Alive! on Saturday, May 29 in the Sprague Butterfly Pavilion.
May 11, 2021
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is currently recruiting volunteers 18 years and older to help facilitate its popular Butterflies Alive! summer exhibit from May 28 through September 6.
March 17, 2021
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is hosting a free, online lunch and learn workshop entitled “Plan While You Can: Strategize Your Personal Property in Estate Planning” on Tuesday, March 30.
February 18, 2021
Emmy-Award-winning meteorologists Bernadette Woods Placky and Anthony Yanez will share empowering advice for discussing climate change during a free online workshop on Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 PM.
February 9, 2021
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is ready to take you back in time millions of years...or just to summer 2019.
January 26, 2021
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is proud to announce Board of Trustees Executive Committee Officers for 2021 as well as new Trustees, Melissa Fassett and Corinne Laverty.
November 23, 2020
Over four weekends, from November 27 to December 20, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will host a series of pop-up shops in its courtyard.