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Museum Admission

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Last entry into the Museum at 4:00 PM.

Butterflies Alive! is open May 29-September 6. There may be a line to enter the pavilion, especially on weekends.

If the line is long, the line may be closed at 4:00 so everyone in line will be able to enjoy the butterflies.

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

Face masks are required indoors per the Santa Barbara County Public Health order on 8/4/2021.

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): $12.00
Senior (65+ years): $10.00
Teen (13-17 years): $10.00
Child (2-12 years): $9.00
Child (under 2 years): Free

The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf will be temporarily closed from September 7, 2021 to February 2022. During this time, the Sea Center’s building infrastructure will be upgraded and upstairs exhibits will be refreshed in order to offer the best guest experience and improved habitats for our live animals. Some animals will be housed temporarily at the Museum's Mission Creek campus during construction so that Museum Members and guests can continue to interact with them. We hope this enables you to continue to learn about the biodiversity of the Santa Barbara Channel and how we can play a role in protecting this unique ecosystem for generations to come.

The Natural History of Wine, Beer & Spirits: Whales and Rincon Brewery

Saturday, September 25, 2021
5:00 PM–6:00 PM

Whales in our region face challenges with ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, and more. Join us over a special-edition local beer as we discuss why whales deserve our protection and respect, and what you can do to help! Marine biologist and educator Holly Lohuis from Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society and Rincon Brewery co-owner Mark Hyatt share a friendship that’s deeply inspired by their love for the ocean. They’ll describe how they’ve acted to protect whales and the environment, and how other businesses, nonprofits, and individuals can follow in their footsteps. Rincon Brewer Chas Cloud will share brewery intel to help you fully savor the unique beer he brewed exclusively for this Museum fundraiser.

Whale artwork by Liz Brady

Ticket Cost:
BYOB Level (delivered by email): $20.00
Aficionado Level (pick up at the Museum): $100.00
Gourmet Package Add-on (pick up at the Museum): $25.00
Adventurer Level (pick up at the Museum): SOLD OUT

Fall Migration Birding Eight-Week Class: Mondays

Mondays: September 27–November 15, 2021; 8:30–10:30 AM

Eight-week class
Mondays: September 27–November 15, 2021; 8:30–10:30 AM

Join expert birder Rebecca Coulter for fall migration in some of the region’s best birding spots. Explore woodlands, waters, and grasslands as migrants move through our area, en route to wintering grounds nearby and beyond. Build your auditory birding skills during eight weeks of in-person two-hour field sessions as we listen to the chorus of residents and migrants alike.

Transportation not included; each session meets at designated locations at 8:30 AM.

Members must have their active Member ID number available at time of registration to receive Member pricing. Detailed location information will be sent to registrants before their first session. For assistance with purchasing call Sarah Clement at 805-682-4711 ext. 110. Refunds are available if you cancel your registration a minimum of two weeks prior to the class/field trip’s date. Due to registration challenges, no refunds are available after that time. Due to processing charges all cancellations/refunds will incur a 10% fee regardless of cancellation date.

$85 Members, $95 non-members
Vaccination is required.

Fall Migration Birding Eight-Week Class: Wednesdays

Wednesdays: September 29–November 17, 2021; 8:30–10:30 AM

Eight-week class
Wednesdays: September 29–November 17, 2021; 8:30–10:30 AM

Join expert birder Rebecca Coulter for fall migration in some of the region’s best birding spots. Explore woodlands, waters, and grasslands as migrants move through our area, en route to wintering grounds nearby and beyond. Build your auditory birding skills during eight weeks of in-person two-hour field sessions as we listen to the chorus of residents and migrants alike.

Transportation not included; each session meets at designated locations at 8:30 AM.

Members must have their active Member ID number available at time of registration to receive Member pricing. Detailed location information will be sent to registrants before their first session. For assistance with purchasing call Sarah Clement at 805-682-4711 ext. 110. Refunds are available if you cancel your registration a minimum of two weeks prior to the class/field trip’s date. Due to registration challenges, no refunds are available after that time. Due to processing charges all cancellations/refunds will incur a 10% fee regardless of cancellation date.

$85 Members, $95 non-members
Vaccination is required.

Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival®

Saturday, June 25, 2022
2:00 PM–5:00 PM

Join us in 2022 to sip and savor 100+ of the Central Coast's best wineries and culinary delights while enjoying a splendid summer afternoon in the Museum's oak woodland along Mission Creek.

Early Entry: $160
Exclusive early entry at 1:00 PM
Full access to 100+ wineries and food purveyors from 1:00–2:00 PM with a limited number of guests
Commemorative crystal wine glass

General Admission: $110
Entry at 2:00 PM
Access to 100+ wineries and food purveyors across Museum’s beautiful outdoor spaces
Commemorative crystal wine glass

One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival® supports the Museum’s nature and science education programs.

Ticket Cost:
Early Entry (Exclusive early entry at 1:00 PM): SOLD OUT
General Admission (Entry at 2:00 PM): $110.00
Designated Driver: $50.00