Sea Center

Location: Sea Center

Description: One-of-a-kind location for evening receptions, weddings, meetings, cocktail parties, and dinners. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center invites you and your guests to enjoy our unique setting and breathtaking views. As your guests arrive at the soaring, light filled Reception Hall with its two-story walls of glass and lifesize California gray whale models, they will know this is a truly special event.

Whether you are planning a wedding, cocktail party, formal dinner, reception, awards ceremony, or evening meeting, we invite you to experience the unforgettable, contemporary beauty of the Sea Center. Perfectly suited for groups of 10 to 75 people, the Sea Center is a unique location for your special event.

Ambiance: Unlike any other location in Santa Barbara, with beautiful ocean, harbor, beach, and mountain views. Located on historic Stearns Wharf. Gorgeous ocean views abound at the Sea Center. The east side of the Reception Hall looks down the coast towards East Beach, Montecito, and the spectacular Santa Ynez Mountains. The west side looks out toward the sunset and Santa Barbara's picturesque harbor.

Rental Options:

  • Entrance Hall and Marine Mammal Mezzanine
  • Entire facility with unstaffed exhibits
  • Entire facility with exhibits fully staffed


  • Indoor Seated Event: Up to 75 (5-60 downstairs in Entry Hall, 10-15 upstairs on Marine Mammal Mezzanine)
  • Indoor Standing Event: Up to 150


  • Theatre (seating for 25)
  • Freezer
  • Restroom
  • Electrical outlets

Audio-Visual Capabilities:

  • Projector & Screen
  • Must contact Museum-approved A/V technician for use of AV equipment.

Internet Access: Yes


  • Up to 79 cars on site.
  • Additional parking available in nearby public parking lots.


  • No smoking, balloons, confetti, or open flames.
  • Events can only begin after 5:30 PM.
  • Limited outdoor use permitted.

Other Services:

  • Catering counseling
  • On-site coordinator & security

For more information, please contact Richard Smalldon, Sea Center Manager, at or 805-962-2526 ext. 111.