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The Artist’s Table

Friday, September 27, 2019
5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Join 11 local renowned artists for a delightful reception and delicious gourmet dinner at the Museum. Beautiful contemporary art will be for sale during the reception and 11 pieces (one by each artist) will be auctioned off to the highest bidder during dinner.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: $200.00

Cocktails with a Curator: Saving the White Abalone

Thursday, October 10, 2019
5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Following years of sharp decline in numbers caused by overharvesting, the White Abalone was the first marine invertebrate listed as endangered in the United States.

For more than a decade, the Sea Center has been part of a collaborative effort to reproduce the marine snail in captivity with the goal of increasing their numbers in the wild.

Learn first-hand how White Abalone are bred in captivity, what role the Sea Center plays in the White Abalone Restoration Consortium, and how SBMNH scientists and collections have contributed to the biological and anthropological knowledge on abalone.

Enjoy delicious seafood appetizers from Bluewater Grill, Uncorked, and chef Pete Clements. Wine provided by Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard. Enjoy coastal-themed cocktails by Cutler’s Artisan Spirits. Create your own beautiful take-home craft.

Participating experts include:

  • Live Collections and Husbandry Manager Thomas Wilson
  • Aquarist Nora Frank
  • Curator of Malacology Daniel Geiger, Ph.D.
  • Curator of Anthropology John Johnson, Ph.D.
  • NOAA Natural Resources Management Specialist Melissa Neumann, Ph.D.

Ticket Cost:
Member (Naturalist-level and above): Free
Member (Family Plus-level and below): $35.00

Coco Movie Night and Alebrije Museum Tour

Friday, November 1, 2019
5:30 PM–8:30 PM

Enjoy a special family night out, starting with a showing of the popular Disney/Pixar movie Coco. Then explore the Museum halls looking for alebrijes on a black light guided tour. Join in other activities including creating your own calavera (sugar skull) mask, nicho (altar frame), and more.

Information: Contact Community Education Manager Stefanie Coleman at 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or

Ticket Cost:
Member: $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00