Visit the museum exhibits and nature walk, come for a class or camp, host a birthday party. Located just beyond the Old Mission, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is located in nature. At the Museum, visitors can walk inside and all around a real, life-size 74-foot Blue Whale skeleton; visit exhibit halls about birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, Native Americans; hike the Nature Trail along the Mission Creek; experience space exploration in the Space Lab and Planetarium; and purchase mementos and unique gifts at the Museum Store.
CLASSES & CAMPS
Nature Adventures™ offers classes, workshops, camps, and overnights at the Museum and Sea Center for children ages 2–12 years to inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world. This children’s program is designed to provide children with opportunities to experiment, experience, and observe the natural world around them, while engaging in the scientific process. Pre-registration is required for most programs. VIEW DETAILS >
Birthday Bash at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Exclusive for Museum Members Only. Give your child the gift of wonder and discovery with a birthday bash at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Enjoy the traditional party favorites as well as an adventure through nature and science as you and your guests explore the Museum’s exhibit halls and outdoor areas. The Museum Birthday Bash Package includes: FREE admission to the Museum for 20 children and 20 adults – Private room rental for four hours which includes a large activity area, kitchen, bathroom, and terrace – Tables and chairs and access to picnic tables in a fun outdoor setting children love
HOURS, ADMISSIONS, MEMBERSHIP & PARKING
- MUSEUM HOURS: VIEW OUR HOURS >
- MUSEUM ADMISSION FEES: VIEW OUR FEES >
- MEMBERSHIP: A Museum membership provides FREE admission to BOTH the Museum and Sea Center on Stearns Wharf. Join online now and start your adventure into nature and science. Give the GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP >
- ADVENTURE CLUB: As a member of the Adventurer’s Club you and your family will enjoy three or more unique and exclusive educational and social opportunities each year. The Adventurer’s Club is a benefit of Membership at the Explorer Level and above. The Club provides socially and educationally enriching opportunities geared toward the entire family.
SB MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & THE SEA CENTER needs sea crew volunteers, museum docents, and people to work behind the scenes. There are opportunities for adults and youth.
Quasars to Sea Stars is a science work-study program where students work closely with educators and scientists to learn about the natural world. Students learn important life skills such as public speaking, computer competency, resume writing, and leadership. After completing 60 hours of community service, students are eligible to become paid staff members, working with Museum scientists and professionals in a variety of departments.