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Any time is a great time for enjoying the marvels of the universe. When special events occur, it is an especially fun and memorable time to enjoy the wonders of our sky.



On the second Saturday of every month, the Museum offers public observations at the Museum's Palmer Observatory. These Star Parties are hosted by members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, who provide telescopes and their expert knowledge of the night sky. 

  • Saturday, September 12
  • Saturday, October 10
  • Saturday, November 14
  • Saturday, December 12

      From dusk to 10:00 PM

Admission: FREE for all



On the first Friday of the month, you can come see a quick planetarium show, hear a cool lecture, and catch up on all the outreach events of one of the nation's most active astronomy clubs. Find out more at


  • Friday, September 4
  • Friday, October 2
  • Friday, November 6
  • Friday, December 4
  • 7:00 PM in Farrand Hall at the Museum

    Admission: FREE for all.


Come join us for a full day of out-of-this-world fun and discovery. Daytime activities include: astronomy hands-on activities, rocket launches, comet building, face painting, mirror grinding and more. Two telescopes will be given away in two separate free raffles at 1:00 and 2:00 PM - you do need to be present to win.

Evening activities will include a special planetarium presentation and a free star party.

Come disguised as your favorite space character to enter a drawing for more prizes!





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