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Museum Admission

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

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

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

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

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.

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): $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

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 AM–4:00 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

Curated: Orchids and their Care

Saturday, May 15, 2021
11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Learn about the care and science of your favorite flowers with orchid experts George Hatfield and Curator of Malacology Daniel L. Geiger, Ph.D. Although orchids have a reputation as fussy plants, many live as epiphytes (plants that grow on top of other plants), making them hardier than one might think! Yet it’s important to understand these plants to successfully grow them. Whether you’re new to orchids or an advanced grower, this online workshop with live Q&A will expand your expertise and confidence.

Hatfield, a globally-recognized master of the craft of breeding and maintaining showy Cymbidium plants, will teach you about their care, including the division of orchids, a vital, yet easy, task important to the long-term health of these plants. Watch this practice in action with the Cymbidium plants that make their home in the Museum’s historic courtyard. Then Dr. Geiger will offer a rare view of the Museum’s scanning electron microscope room, where he dives deep into research probing the secrets of microorchids.

Multiple ticket levels are available for this online program, from watch-only links to a great opportunity to add to your orchid collection. A limited number of tickets are available at each level (especially the most advanced): be sure to get yours before it sells out!

Ticket Cost:
Basic: $30.00
Novice: $50.00
Apprentice: $100.00
Fanatic: $250.00
Ultimate Fan: $500.00

Conversations with a Curator – Digging Deep into Dinosaur Evolution

Thursday, May 20, 2021
5:00 PM–6:00 PM

Presented by Teen Programs Manager and Paleontologist Jenna Role, M.S.

Over hundreds of millions of years, dinosaurs developed a remarkable diversity of traits and lifestyles. Uncover the fascinating evolutionary history of dinosaurs with Jenna Rolle, M.S., one of the paleontologists behind our dinosaur exhibits and an instructor in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at Santa Barbara City College. Discover the lineage dinosaurs all shared in common, and what separates them from look-alike contemporaries often mistaken for dinosaurs. Picture the California landscape when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

Information: Contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or membership@sbnature2.org.

Ticket Cost:
Member (Naturalist-level and above): Free
Member (Family Plus-level and below): $5.00
Non-Member: $10.00

Conversations with a Curator – Scallops, Oysters, and Mussels, Oh My!

Thursday, June 10, 2021
5:00 PM–6:00 PM

Presented by Curator Emeritus of Malacology Paul Valentich-Scott

Marine bivalve mollusks (scallops, oysters, mussels, and clams) are the top consumed seafood around the globe. Curator Emeritus Paul Valentich-Scott will share his passion for these fascinating and delectable creatures he has studied for the past 45 years. Join us streaming live from the Sea Center to take a closer look at some live bivalves to learn more about their natural history.

Information: Contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or membership@sbnature2.org.

Ticket Cost:
Member (Naturalist-level and above): Free
Member (Family Plus-level and below): $5.00
Non-Member: $10.00

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 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