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Nobody does science and nature like we do. How do we know? We’ve been doing it for more than a century!

When you invest in a Museum Membership, you are investing in the Museum’s mission to inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world. Museum Membership provides free admission to the Museum and Sea Center all year long. Members enjoy special exhibit previews, discounts on events, festivals, lectures, camps, and more.

Member: $80

($80 is tax-deductible)

Free admission to Museum and Sea Center for two named adults or one named adult and admission for a guest

  • Discounts in our Museum and Sea Center Stores
  • Discounts to our camps, classes, and special events
  • Free or reduced admission privileges to more than 330 museums and science centers worldwide

Member 2 Year: $150

($150 is tax-deductible)

All Member Level benefits as well as:

  • A second year, a $10 savings

Family: $105

($105 is tax-deductible)

All Member Level benefits as well as:

Free admission to Museum and Sea Center for children or grandchildren under 18 years of age


Family 2 Year: $200

($200 is tax-deductible)

All Family Level benefits as well as:

  • A second year, a $10 savings

Family Plus: $130

($130 is tax-deductible)

All Family Level benefits as well as:

Free admission to the Museum and Sea Center for one named caregiver/grandparent/guest. By choosing the guest option, the user must be accompanied by named individuals on card.


Family Plus 2 Year: $250

($250 is tax-deductible)

All Family Plus Level benefits as well as:

  • A second year, a $10 savings

Naturalist: $175

($87 is tax-deductible)

All Family Plus Level benefits as well as:

Free admission to Museum and Sea Center for 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 once gatherings are safely permitted)
  • 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 Level benefits as well as:

  • A second year, a $10 savings

Explorer: $375

($217 is tax-deductible)

All Naturalist Level benefits as well as:

  • 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

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 about which you care the most.
Patron's Circle: $1,000–$2,499

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

All Explorer Level benefits as well as:

  • 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 Level benefits as well as:

  • 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 Level benefits as well as:

  • 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 Level benefits as well as:

  • 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 Level benefits as well as:

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