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

Press Releases

February 6, 2023
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce three trustees joining the board in 2023, Barbara Evans Kinnear, John Demourkas, and Julie Heider-Gray.
January 23, 2023
Honoring Elisabeth and Greg Fowler, Renee Grubb and Village Properties, and John O’Brien
October 18, 2022
From November 11–April 30, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will exhibit portraits of Native people, landscapes, and culture by the influential ethnographic photographer Edward S. Curtis.
September 27, 2022
Fall/Winter Exhibit Features 300 Years of Owl Illustration
September 19, 2022
On Saturday, October 29, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will transform into a magical circus of spine-tingling surprises for adults 21 and over.
August 11, 2022
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will host a Museum Educator Open House on Monday, August 29, 10:00–11:30 AM for anyone interested in leading school groups on field trips at the Museum.
June 20, 2022
Barbara Holzman, Ph.D., was voted into its board of trustees on May 13, 2022.
June 2, 2022
Spectacular new summer exhibit explores the value we place on nature.
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.