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Museum Admission

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

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

Face masks are encouraged as many of our guests are under 5 years old.

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): $18.00
Senior (65+ years): $16.00
Teen (13-17 years): $16.00
Child (2-12 years): $12.00
Child (under 2 years): Free

Butterflies Alive! Members’ Preview

Friday, May 27, 2022
3:00–5:00 PM

Members get exclusive access to Butterflies Alive! in the Sprague Butterfly Pavilion before it opens to the general public.

Space is limited and advance reservations are required. To enhance the viewing experience, a limited number of guests will be admitted to the Pavilion at one time. Reserve a timeslot below.

Note that the Museum will be open to the general public during regular hours at this time, but access to Butterflies Alive! will be limited to Members with reservations.

Member check-in for this special preview will be at the big iron gate, located between the parking lot and the Museum’s main entrance. Your RSVP will serve as your reservation; there is no need to reserve regular Museum tickets to access the special preview. Feel free to explore the remainder of the Museum while you are here.

Ticket Cost:
Member Child: Free
Member Adult: Free

Sea Center Admission

Open Daily, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

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.

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): $13.00
Senior (65+ years): $11.00
Teen (13-17 years): $11.00
Child (2-12 years): $10.00
Child (under 2 years): Free

Members’ Party

Friday, June 10, 2022
5:00 PM–7:30 PM

Join us for a Members-only party to celebrate the opening of the dazzling summer exhibit Rare Earth. Experience the all-new exhibit a day before it opens to the general public at the first in-person Members’ Party since 2019. Get exclusive access to Butterflies Alive! in the Sprague Butterfly Pavilion. Try family-friendly geology activities, enter to win special prizes, and snap a photo with a dinosaur.

Enjoy BBQ by Craft Wood Fired Catering, including tri-tip, chicken, or a vegan option. Beer and wine by Draughtsmen Aleworks available for purchase onsite.

Capacity is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, but do not plan to eat dinner, select the appropriate “Party RSVP Only” option below. Otherwise, please choose the appropriate dinner option; doing so will also serve as your RSVP.

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.