Discover the wonders of ocean life at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center. Located on historic Stearns Wharf, this highly interactive regional aquarium offers you close encounters with marine animals from the Santa Barbara Channel. In addition to permanent exhibits, the Sea Center hosts unique events, special educational programming, and school field trips.
Visit the Wet Deck to try out classic tools for studying the ocean, and discover all the life beneath the Sea Center. Every day is different, since we're observing a constantly changing environment.
Explore the underwater world of the Santa Barbara Channel in our updated upstairs exhibit Dive In: Our Changing Channel. Encounter a Two-spot Octopus, Moon Jellies, Giant Pacific Seahorses, and more. Learn about the channel’s unique habitats from rocky reefs to kelp forests and see the animals that live there.
On the Marine Mammal Mezzanine, Sea Center guests can get up close with a life-sized model of a Gray Whale mother and calf, and learn about many more marine mammals, including a remarkable number that live in or migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel.
The Sea Center is proud to be part of the White Abalone Restoration Consortium, which is working to bring this endangered marine snail back from the brink of extinction.
One visit is not enough
The ocean is dynamic and each day is different. Come back to discover more! Members receive free admission all year long.
Want to get involved?
Check out our Sea Center Volunteer Opportunities! Read the first-hand story of a young volunteer on our blog.
Learn how you can book the Sea Center for weddings, receptions, and private parties.