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.

Admissions Guidelines (COVID-19)

How do I visit the Museum?

  • The Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Last entry for paid guests at 4:00 PM; Members visit free and can enter after 4:00 PM. 
  • For expedited entry, pre-purchased tickets are available at sbnature.org/tickets
  • Many of our guests are under 12 years of age and not yet vaccinated. Masks are recommended and maintaining a six-foot distance between you and anyone not in your group is appreciated.
  • 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. Visit the exhibitions page for more information and check our calendar for special events.
  • See the map below for a suggested flow through our campus. (Download PDF >>)

A map of the Museum showing flow through a series of indoor and outdoor exhibits

What is required to visit the Museum?

  • Do not visit if you have a cough or fever.
  • If you made a reservation online, bring your online reservation confirmation with you (either printed or on a smartphone) to show at the Admissions Office. 
  • Wash your hands frequently. We have added hand sanitizer stations all over campus.

Useful tips:

  • There are light snacks for sale in the Museum Store. Food and drink aren't allowed inside our indoor exhibit halls or in the Butterfly Pavilion, however, you are welcome to bring food to enjoy in the open outdoor spaces here. We have tables scattered around (mostly across the creek beyond Prehistoric Forest) for picnics. 

How do I visit the Sea Center?

  • The Sea Center is open daily, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 
  • 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.
  • Many of our guests are under 12 years of age and not yet vaccinated. Masks are recommended and maintaining a six-foot distance between you and anyone not in your group is appreciated.
  • 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!