Museum indoor & outdoor exhibits are open to a limited number of guests who reserve online in advance. The Museum is open Wed–Sun, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. Reserve tickets for the Museum at sbnature.org/tickets. // The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf is open daily, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. Tickets are available at the door.

Admissions Guidelines (COVID-19)

How do I visit the Museum?

  • The Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and advanced online reservations are required via sbnature.org/tickets
  • If you are a Member and do not know your Member number or expiration date (found on your card), please email membership@sbnature2.org or call 805-682-4711 ext. 114 for assistance.

The museum backyard outdoor exhibit space, kids exploring

What can I visit at the Museum?

  • Indoor and outdoor exhibits are open at the Museum with limited capacity. Visit the exhibitions page for more information and check our calendar for special events.
  • We have implemented a one-way flow of movement from the Admissions Office through the indoor and outdoor exhibits, exiting past the observatory to the parking lot. Once you have passed a location, you may not go back. 
  • Please review the updated campus map below (Download PDF >>)

Santa Barbara Museum map exhibition halls and outdoor campus

What is required to visit the Museum?

  • Do not visit if you have a cough or fever.
  • Bring your online reservation confirmation with you (either printed or on a smartphone) to show at the Admissions Office. 
  • Although face mask guidelines are quickly changing, face masks are still required for anyone three years or older and must cover your nose and mouth at all times while on Museum property indoors and outdoors.
    • If you do not have a mask, you will either need to purchase a mask at the Museum Store or reschedule your reservation for when you can return with a mask. 
    • If you remove your mask, staff will ask you to put it back on. If you refuse to wear a mask properly, you will be asked to leave.
  • We have increased signage around campus with wayfinding and guidelines. Please follow all directions to make the Museum as safe as possible for everyone.
  • Keep a distance of six feet from people not in your household.
  • Wash your hands frequently. We have added hand sanitizer stations all over campus.

Useful tips:

  • To protect your health, we have turned off all drinking fountains. There are light snacks for sale in the Museum Store. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages to enjoy while at the Museum.
  • We have spaced our outdoor dining tables and chairs to allow for ample social distancing. Please do not move them. 

How do I visit the Sea Center?

  • The Sea Center is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Starting Memorial Day weekend, it will be open 7 days a week.
  • No online or advanced reservations are available. All admissions are sold on-site on the day of your visit.
  • Do not visit if you have a cough or fever.
  • Although face mask guidelines are quickly changing, face masks are still required for anyone three years or older and must cover your nose and mouth at all times while on Sea Center property indoors and outdoors.
    • If you do not have a mask, you will either need to purchase a mask at the Sea Center Store or return with a mask. 
    • If you remove your mask, staff will ask you to put it back on. If you refuse to wear a mask properly, you will be asked to leave.
  • We have increased signage around the Sea Center with wayfinding and guidelines. Please follow all directions to make the Sea Center as safe as possible for everyone.
  • Keep a distance of six feet from people not in your household.
  • Wash your hands frequently. We have added hand sanitizer stations all over the Sea Center.

Despite our stringent cleaning and sanitizing protocols, we cannot control all circumstances. By entering our campuses, you acknowledge that you assume any risks associated with your visit, including but not limited to a risk of injury or illness.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Please contact us at info@sbnature2.org.

We look forward to seeing you soon!