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UPCOMING EVENTS

Museum Admission

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

Our indoor and outdoor exhibits are open to a limited number of guests who reserve online in advance.

Butterflies Alive! is open May 29-September 6.

Although face mask guidelines are quickly changing, face masks are still required for anyone three years or older and must cover your nose and mouth at all times while on Museum property indoors and outdoors. Please maintain at least a six foot distance between you and anyone not in your household. Tickets are available only a few weeks at a time, as we ride this Covid wave and test our capacity. Tickets for additional weeks are added on Mondays.

Tickets are non-refundable. One date change is permitted when requested 24 hours prior to the day of your visit.

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.

Ticket Cost:
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): $17.00
Senior (65+ years): $15.00
Teen (13-17 years): $15.00
Child (2-12 years): $11.00
Child (under 2 years): Free

Sea Center Admission

Open Daily, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

Purchase tickets onsite. No advanced reservations.

Ticket Cost:
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): $10.00
Senior (65+ years): $8.00
Teen (13-17 years): $8.00
Child (2-12 years): $7.00
Child (under 2 years): Free

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 three 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 three more in the 2021 series (5-6 PM):

  • 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 two are available at the Connoisseur level.

Ticket Cost:
VIP Aficionado Series: $350.00
VIP Connoisseur Series: $800.00

The Natural History of Wine, Beer & Spirits: Birding and Buttonwood Winery

Saturday, June 26, 2021
5:00 PM–6:00 PM

The Santa Barbara region has astonishing bird diversity. Ask any birder, and you’ll learn that our region is rich in resident birds and seasonal migrants throughout the year, inspiring us to get out and explore. The Santa Ynez Valley is a special place for birding. In this program, you will virtually explore the vineyards, gardens, and oak woodland at Buttonwood Farm Winery with Museum bird experts Dr. Krista Fahy and Rebecca Coulter. Join them as they find birds in Buttonwood's different habitats, sharing birding techniques along the way. Enjoy a live tasting of two delicious wines with Buttonwood winemaker Karen Steinwachs, whose talents bring the unique Santa Ynez Valley region to life in the glass. Fine wine and great birding: a perfect pairing!

Customize your experience with a range of ticketing options, from a fun night learning about wine to a private tasting to remember.

Ticket Cost:
BYOB Level (delivered by email): $20.00
Aficionado Level (plus shipping if mailed; pickup at the Museum or at Buttonwood by arrangement): $100.00
Connoisseur Level (plus shipping if mailed; pickup at the Museum or at Buttonwood by arrangement): SOLD OUT
Adventurer Level (plus shipping if mailed; pickup at the Museum or at Buttonwood by arrangement): SOLD OUT
Gourmet Package Add-on (pickup at the Museum only): $25.00

Online Workshop: Art Meets Science – Butterflies: Wax Resist Watercolor

Saturday, July 10, 2021
11:00 AM–12:15 PM

Flutter into the colorful world of entomology and watercolors. First, explore butterfly lifecycles, taxonomy and anatomy with Butterfly Pavilion Senior Manager Kim Zsembik. Then artist, Hilary George will lead a specialized butterfly cut and painting tutorial including wet and dry techniques, scumbling, lifting, sgraffito, glazing, wax resist, and more.

In each class in the Art Meets Science series, we brush up on some cool science and then introduce new art media and techniques with a fun interactive workshop. Expand your art skills and science knowledge from the comfort of your own home. Pick up your supplies at the Museum or have them shipped locally.

Ticket Cost:
Member: $20.00
Non-Member: $30.00