Museum open Wed–Sun, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM (last entry at 4:00 PM). Reservations recommended. Sea Center on Stearns Wharf open daily, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM, purchase tickets on-site. Please wear a mask to protect those unvaccinated, especially our youngest guests.

Accessibility

Accessibility

We want everyone to have a great time at the Museum and Sea Center, so we strive to make our programs, exhibitions, and facilities accessible for everyone by removing barriers, delivering a welcoming and relevant experience, and providing opportunities for meaningful engagement.

The Museum and Sea Center welcome guests, staff, volunteers, and visiting scholars regardless of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, or disability status. We’re dedicated to serving all parts of the global and local communities.

For more information, contact info@sbnature2.org or call 805-682-4711 ext. 100 (Museum) or 805-962-2526 ext. 100 (Sea Center).

Sea Center 

Accessible parking is available at the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf.

The Sea Center has two levels and an elevator. All exhibits are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, however, the Sea Center does not have wheelchairs available for guest use.

Museum

ADA Accessible Pathways and Restrooms

Renovations in 2018 have made the Museum more accessible than ever to those with physical disabilities. Most exhibits at the Museum are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, with the exception of Farrand Auditorium, Space Lab, and Gladwin Planetarium. Strollers are not allowed inside the Butterfly Pavilion. 

Accessible pathways for wheelchairs and strollers are indicated on the map in blue. All restrooms have accessible facilities and are indicated on the map by a wheelchair symbol.

Museum Accessibility Map

Download our temporary ADA Accessible Map

All-Gender Restroom

The ADA-accessible single-use restroom for our guests is also an all-gender restroom. It is located at the front of Fleischmann Auditorium, across from the gendered restrooms. Look for the restroom and wheelchair symbols together on the map, and ask staff if you’d like assistance finding it.

ADA access

Wheelchair Rental

Wheelchairs are available for guest use at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis in the Admissions Office. Guests are asked to leave a valid ID or collateral upon check-out. ID/Collateral is given back to the guest when the wheelchair is checked back in.

Jill’s Cart

Jill's cart, an electric cart with wheelchair ramp. A smiling man is in the driver's seat.

To help all our guests access outdoor exhibits—including those in areas with uneven ground—we have Jill’s Cart, a four-seater electric cart with a single wheelchair lift. Please call (805) 682-4711 ext. 100 before your visit to request Jill’s Cart, so a Museum driver can have it ready for you.

Parking

Accessible parking spots are located in front of the Blue Whale Skeleton in the Museum's parking lot. The parking spots are next to an accessible pathway to the Admissions Office. Guests may also use the drop-off area along Puesta del Sol to shorten the distance from the parking lot to the Museum entrance. 

Service Animals Policy

In order to provide a secure and healthy environment for our guests, as well as to protect our collections, we can only allow trained service animals on Museum property. A service animal is one that is trained to work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Guests with service animals must agree to:

  • Have their animal on a six-foot or shorter leash. No retractable leashes allowed.
  • Observe live birds of prey (Eyes in the Sky) from a distance of 25 feet. Please do not approach live birds with your animal.
  • Carry small animals while in the Butterfly Pavilion to avoid accidents with butterflies or other guests.
  • Be aware that some Museum guests are afraid of or allergic to animals.
  • Pick up after their service animal.
  • Leave Museum property if their animal misbehaves. 

Personal Care Assistant

A paid personal care assistant (PCA) accompanying a guest with a severe disability receives free admission.

Groups Needing Special Accommodations

The Museum partners with organizations that serve a variety of audiences and populations. If there are special accommodations that the Museum can make to enhance accessibility for your group, please contact info@sbnature2.org or call 805-682-4711 ext. 100 during open hours.