The Museum is open Wed–Mon from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
May 29, 2022 Date

Museum Events

Members’ Party
Friday, June 10
This event is sold out. Join us for a Members-only party to celebrate the opening of the dazzling summer exhibit Rare Earth. Experience the all-new exhibit a day before it op...
5:00 PM–7:30 PM
Rare Earth Exhibit Opens
Saturday, June 11
Exhibit open June 11–September 5, 2022 Experience a unique and astonishing collection of minerals that will make you question our cultural assumptions about nature&rsqu...
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Star Party
Saturday, June 11
The Palmer Observatory will open its doors and its roof to share a remarkable view of the wonders of the night sky through our state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope.Join Museum a...
8:30 PM–10:00 PM
Science Pub from Home: Geology Road Trip
Monday, June 13
Take a freewheeling geology road trip down memory lane with the coauthor of Roadside Geology of Southern California. UCSB Prof. Emeritus Arthur Gibbs Sylvester, Ph.D., will re...
6:30 PM–7:30 PM
Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival®
Saturday, June 25
This event is sold out. Guests will sip and savor 100+ of the Central Coast's best wineries and culinary delights while enjoying a splendid summer afternoon in the Museu...
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Star Party
Saturday, July 9
The Palmer Observatory will open its doors and its roof to share a remarkable view of the wonders of the night sky through our state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope.Join Museum a...
8:30 PM–10:00 PM
Science Pub: Beauty, Value, and Art in Nature
Monday, July 11
All human art has been inspired by nature's shapes and colors. Minerals and crystals shape and are shaped by human culture and art. For thousands of years, we have saved so li...
6:30 PM–8:00 PM
Star Party
Saturday, August 13
The Palmer Observatory will open its doors and its roof to share a remarkable view of the wonders of the night sky through our state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope.Join Museum a...
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Star Party
Saturday, September 10
The Palmer Observatory will open its doors and its roof to share a remarkable view of the wonders of the night sky through our state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope.Join Museum a...
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Star Party
Saturday, October 8
The Palmer Observatory will open its doors and its roof to share a remarkable view of the wonders of the night sky through our state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope.Join Museum a...
7:30 PM–10:00 PM