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Gift of Membership

With your gift someone can flutter with the butterflies, dig for treasures in the backyard and fly to space in the central coast's only planetarium. Purchase a Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Gift Membership for your friends and family and you’ll be giving them an entire year of wonder, discovery, and nature!

Gift Memberships purchased on-site come beautifully packaged in a unique pillow box and ribbon.

Member: $75

($75 is tax-deductible)

Two named adults or one named adult and admission for a guest

  • Free tickets to Gladwin Planetarium daytime shows (request tickets upon arrival)
  • $50 discount on birthday parties at the Museum and Sea Center
  • Free admission to exciting summer exhibitions
  • Free subscription to the Museum Members' Magazine
  • Invitation to the annual Members’ Party
  • Advance notice and special discounts to camps, classes, lectures, events, films and field trips for adults and children
  • 10% discount in the Museum Store and Sea Center Store
  • Free admission to more than 330 museums and science centers worldwide
  • Discounted admission to the Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival™, Astrovaganza, and Tails and Scales.
  • Opportunity to join the Kids' Club

Member 2 Year: $140

($140 is tax-deductible)

All Member Level benefits plus:

  • A second year, a $10 savings

Family: $99

($99 is tax-deductible)

All Member benefits plus:

Two named adults

  • Free Admission and membership benefits for children or grandchildren under 18 years of age

Family 2 Year: $188

($188 is tax-deductible)

All Family Level benefits plus:

  • A second year, a $10 savings

Family Plus: $120

($120 is tax-deductible)

All Family Level benefits plus:

  • One named caregiver/grandparent/guest. By choosing the guest option, the user must be accompanied by named individuals on card.

Family Plus 2 Year: $230

($230 is tax-deductible)

All Family Plus benefits plus:

  • A second year, a $10 savings

Naturalist: $175

($87 is tax-deductible)

All Family benefits plus:

  • Two additional Guests per visit with presentation of your card
  • Four Guest Passes
  • Invitations to Maximus Art Gallery opening exhibit receptions (3 to 4 per year)
  • Free admission to our Cocktails with a Curator events

Naturalist 2 Year: $340

($84 is tax-deductible)

All Naturalist benefits plus:

  • A second year, a $10 savings

Explorer: $375

($217 is tax-deductible)

All Naturalist benefits plus:

  • Two additional Guest Passes (total of six)
  • Early registration for the Museum's Nature Adventures ™ camps at the Museum and Sea Center
  • Free admission to the Museum's annual Valentine's event, Romancing the Stars
  • Free birthday party at the Museum or Sea Center

Leadership Circles of Giving

Become a member of the Leadership Circles of Giving—a community of supporters committed to exploration, discovery, and education. The deeper your engagement, the more central you are to the Museum’s core values and strengths—and the greater your impact on the issues you care most about.
Patron's Circle: $1,000–$2,499

(Membership benefits value of $202 are not tax-deductible)

All Explorer benefits plus:

  • Invitations to exclusive events throughout the year, including the annual Leadership Circles Dinner, and the Reception with the Museum President & CEO
  • Customized, curator-led tour of the Museum’s collections and research departments for 4-6 people
  • Invitation to field trips featuring unique natural history sites, regional museums and gardens
  • Unlimited guests when accompanied by you
  • Eight free Guest Passes for entry into the Museum or Sea Center
  • Recognition on the Museum’s electronic donor screen located at the Museum entrance and in the Leadership Circles Dinner program
  • 20% discount at the Museum Stores in December

Director's Circle: $2,500–$4,999

(Membership benefits value of $202 are not tax-deductible)

All Patron’s Circle benefits plus:

  • Up to 30 Museum passes donated to a school or charity of your choice
  • Free guest passes for entry into the Museum or Sea Center - available upon request

President's Circle: $5,000–$9,999

(Membership benefits value of $352 are not tax-deductible)

All Director’s Circle benefits plus:

  • Opportunity to host a private at-cost dinner or cocktail reception in a gallery of your choice at the Museum
  • One complimentary Family Membership for a friend, associate, or to donate to a community organization or school of your choice

Collector's Circle: $10,000–$24,999

(Membership benefits value of $452 are not tax-deductible)

All President’s Circle benefits plus:

  • Private luncheon with the Museum President & CEO for six people, followed by a customized curator-led behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s Collections and Research Center
  • Opportunities for acknowledgement in conjunction with a Museum or Sea Center Educational Program of your choice
  • Opportunity to host a private at-cost event at the Museum or Sea Center

Chairman's Circle: $25,000 and above

(Membership benefits value of $802 are not tax-deductible)

All Collector’s Circle benefits plus:

  • Two free tickets to the Museum's annual Wine + Food Festival
  • Private dinner with the Museum President & CEO for ten people in a Museum or Sea Center gallery of your choice