The Museum is open Wed–Mon, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf is closed for renovations until spring 2022.

Gladwin Planetarium

Open on Saturday only


Inside our theater, the stars are always out!

Our expert Astronomy Programs presenters are ready to answer your questions during interactive live presentations. Get to know the stars of Santa Barbara, the universe, and the wonders of space.

Planetarium shows are included with admission. Space is limited to 20 guests and masks are required. Listen for the announcement on the speaker system in our exhibit halls inviting you to line up in front of Space Sciences 5–10 minutes in advance of each show.

Saturday Shows

  • 11:00 AM - Twinkle, Twinkle for Little Stars

    Learn about comets, planets, constellations, and more in this live presentation designed for families with very young children.
    15 minutes

  • Noon - What’s Up

    Discuss the current night sky during a live interactive presentation in the Gladwin Planetarium, then get a close-up view of the telescopes in the Palmer Observatory. 30 minutes (15 minutes in planetarium, 15 minutes in observatory)

  • 1:00 PM - Universe: User’s Guide

    The Universe: User’s Guide live presentation series features a different topic every month, along with a brief tour of the current night sky.