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Museum Admission

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

To protect the health and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers, the Museum will be closed for two weeks starting Friday, 1/7/22. Please check back for updated information.

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

Temporarily Closed from September 7, 2021 to February 2022.

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.

Birds of Winter Eight-Week Class

Mondays: January 31–March 21
8:30–10:30 AM

8 Week Field Class
Mondays: January 31–March 21; 8:30–10:30 AM

Join expert birders Rebecca Coulter and Guy Tingos for field classes in some of the region’s best birding spots. Explore diverse habitats as waterfowl move in and land birds establish territories to enjoy the winter's mild green season (here’s hoping for rain!). Build your auditory birding skills during the eight-week, two-hour field birding sessions as we listen to the morning chorus. Learn how to recognize the sights and sounds of winter in our region.

Transportation not included; each session meets at designated locations. Detailed location information will be sent to registrants after the first session.

Pre-registration required.

Proof of vaccination required.

Trouble in Paradise: Geology of Santa Barbara Field Course

Saturdays, March 5–April 9
9:00 AM–12:30 PM

Saturdays: March 5–April 9, 9:00 AM–12:30 PM

Cover millions of years in this dynamic six-week field course! Geologist Sabina Thomas, Ph.D., brings the fundamentals of geology and local geography to life. Discover how much our local environment has been shaped by Earth’s forces and processes like earthquakes, plate tectonics, landslides, and erosion. Gain basic geology skills to better understand and interpret our natural environment, and apply what you learn on field trips to our local mountains and beaches. You’ll never look at a rock the same way again.

Ages 16+, proof of vaccination required.

credit: Artwork by Laurie MacMillan

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