February 9, 2023

SB Museum of Natural History Hosts “Out of the Closet” Treasure Sale

On Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will host a sale featuring treasures from closets around town, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. Admission is free for shopping.

This stand-alone sale is an expansion of the popular “Out of the Closet” booth at the Museum’s annual holiday sale. The items for sale in that booth each winter come from people in the community who want to benefit the Anthropology Department’s collections and research. Funds raised by that booth have enabled the department to acquire several nineteenth-century Chumash baskets and a variety of works by modern-day Native artists.

This February, the Anthropology Department is teaming up with other departments at the Museum to put on a larger benefit sale, offering a unique selection of books, rocks, folk art, nature education materials, and more.

“Supporting our collections and curators is vital to continuing our active scientific research,” says Director of Guest Experience Kim Zsembik, the sale’s organizer. “Many shoppers are familiar with the Library and Anthropology Department sales during the Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace fundraiser. This new experience includes community-donated treasures to support the Earth Science Collections, too. Jewelry makers will find rough rocks and minerals to polish for their creative projects, and in doing so they’ll be supporting our earth science research.”

Items are priced to sell. To experience the best selection, shoppers are encouraged to avoid delay.

For more information, visit sbnature.org/calendar.

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