Our summer Butterflies Alive! exhibit has ended, and will return next summer. Check our calendar to explore outdoor activities and plan your visit to the Museum or Sea Center.

Sea Center

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 and special educational programming.

Enjoy our outdoor exhibits

Interact with marine animals such as sharks, rays, sea stars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers. On our Wet Deck, we demonstrate how scientists use oceanographic tools to sample the ocean and examine marine life. Learn about the Sea Center’s participation in the White Abalone Captive Breeding Program, which is working to bring the endangered marine snail back from the brink of extinction. Get up close with unique marine mammal specimens and the jaws of a 13-foot Tiger Shark!  

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.

Sea Center Exhibits

Sea Center Location and Hours

Sea Center Volunteer Opportunities

Sea Center Event Rental Information

Stearns Wharf

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