Starting February 20, our outdoor exhibits including Prehistoric Forest, Dinorama, and the Museum Backyard are open to a limited number of guests who reserve online in advance. Indoor exhibits are temporarily closed due to county health orders.
Members get early access to the Museum from
We have made changes to our cleaning and guest services protocols to keep everyone as safe as possible. Masks are required for anyone three years or older and must cover your nose and mouth at all times while on Museum property. Single-layer materials (e.g., bandanas) and masks with valves are not allowed per CDC guidelines
We have implemented a one-way flow of movement from the Admissions, through our outdoor exhibits, and exiting past the observatory to the parking lot. Please maintain at least a six foot distance between you and anyone not in your household.
For more information on what to expect during your visit, click here.
Member: Adult (18+ years): Free
Member: Teen (13-17 years): Free
Member: Child (2-12 years): Free
Member: Child (under 2 years): Free
Adult (18-64 years): $15.00
Senior (65+ years): $12.00
Teen (13-17 years): $12.00
Child (2-12 years): $9.00
Child (under 2 years): Free
Sea Center Admission
Purchase tickets onsite for $7/person. No advanced reservations.
The Natural History of Wine, Beer & Spirits: Entomology & Margerum Wine Company
5:00 PM–6:00 PM
How could a tiny, enigmatic insect change the way that nearly all winemaking grapes are grown across the globe? Find out when we pair wine with entomology! Over Zoom, we will journey to the Margerum Estate Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley to meet with Margerum Wine Company owner and winemaker Doug Margerum. There, we will learn about the challenges created by a game-changing insect pest and survey some of the insect diversity present along the way. At home, you’ll uncork the final product and apply what you’ve learned during a live Zoom wine tasting with Doug Margerum and Schlinger Foundation Chair and Curator of Entomology Matthew Gimmel, Ph.D.. Submit questions for a live Q&A session with the experts.
Customize your experience with a range of ticketing options, from a fun night learning about wine to a private tasting to remember! We’ll be tasting a playful red and a distinguished white, but the wine with the most unique natural history we’ll discuss in the program is the own-rooted 2019 Margerum Syrah, which can be added to your ticket at the discounted price of $48 ($60 value) when you pick up your wine at the Margerum Santa Barbara Tasting Room at Hotel Californian.
BYOB Level (delivered by email): $20.00
Aficionado Level (plus shipping if mailed; pickup available at the Margerum Santa Barbara Tasting Room at Hotel Californian): $100.00
Gourmet Package Add-on (pickup only at the Margerum Santa Barbara Tasting Room at Hotel Californian): $25.00
Gourmet Insect Tasting Package Add-on (pickup only at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History): $25.00
VIP Connoisseur Level (plus shipping if mailed; pickup at the Margerum Santa Barbara Tasting Room at Hotel Californian): $250.00
VIP Adventurer Level (plus shipping if mailed; pickup at the Margerum Santa Barbara Tasting Room at Hotel Californian): $500.00
Natural History of Wine, Beer & Spirits VIP Series Tickets
Purchase a VIP series ticket to the Natural History of Wine, Beer & Spirits and reserve your seat at all four virtual events. You’ll save some money and support the Museum’s exhibits and programs at the same time. Programs in the 2021 series will explore how deliciously a variety of natural history topics pair with the wine, beer, and spirits produced by our local partners. VIP series tickets include a beverage tasting kit and gourmet box for each event. The Connoisseur-level series ticket also includes an exclusive tasting experience with each partner in the series, a special Museum gift, and recognition in each program’s script.
There are four events in the 2021 series (5-6 PM):
- 3/27/21: Entomology and Margerum Wine Company
- 6/26/21: Birding and Buttonwood Winery
- 9/25/21: Whales and Rincon Brewery
- 12/11/21: Seahorses and Cutler’s Artisan Spirits
Purchase your VIP series tickets before we sell out! Only four are available at the Connoisseur level.
VIP Aficionado Series: $450.00
VIP Connoisseur Series: $1,000.00