The Museum is open Wed–Mon, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. Masks required indoors. The Sea Center is closed for renovations through spring 2022.

Admissions Guidelines (COVID-19)

How do I visit the Museum?

  • The Museum is open Wednesday to Monday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed on Tuesdays.
  • For expedited entry, pre-purchased tickets are available at
  • Masks are required indoors for everyone age 3 years and older per SB County Public Health Order. Please maintain 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 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 to get an idea of where to find things on our campus. (Download PDF >>)
  • Visit the accessibility page for more information about getting around and enjoying our campus.

A map showing exhibits at the Museum

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, 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. 

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

We look forward to seeing you soon!