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The Museum offers all of its members a wide range of programs designed exclusively for them, including exhibition receptions, free admission to family festivals, discounts to select special events and community programs, and shopping discounts. Events listed below are open to members, based on their respective membership levels. For more information contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114.

Member Events 2018


Conversations with a Curator – Hidden Treasures


The Largest Chumash Basket Ever Found
Thursday March 15, 2018
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
5:30-7:00 PM


Join us as we dig deep into the discovery, excavation, and curation of the 200 year-old Cuyama Chumash basket found in 2015 in a remote area of Santa Barbara’s backcountry. Hear from our Museum Anthropologists how using advanced technology has allowed them to preserve the basket’s unique characteristics so generations can view it, learn from it, and enjoy its history as one of our “newest” additions to our Chumash Hall collections. Enjoy beer, wine, and light appetizers.

Participating Curators:

John R. Johnson, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology
Jan Timbrook, Ph.D., Curator of Ethnography

Ticket Price: $15
FREE for Naturalist level and above Members
Not a Naturalist level ($150) Member? Upgrade today
Space is limited. Reservations required


Members of the Naturalist level and above call 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or email to: to reserve space.



Members' Party
Friday, June 1
5:00-7:30 PM

Join us for our annual Members' Party. Take a tour through our newet exhibit, National Geographic-50 Greatest Photographs. Enjoy a delicious barecue dinner, meet Athena and Max our raptor friends. Get your face painted, and more!



The Art of Natural History
rare treasures from the museum's antique print collection
Thursday, June 28
5:30-7:00 PM
Maximus Gallery

Members of the Naturalist level and higher are invited to attend a special reception for our exhibit opening. See how artists and scientists viewed the natural world spanning 300 years in this summer exhibit highlighting historic prints from the Museum's art collection. Enjoy local wines and appetizers. Meet our Curator and mingle with fellow Museum Members.


The Kingdom of California: Mapping the Pacific Coast in the Age of Exploration
Thursday October 5
5:30-7:00 PM
Maximus Gallery

Stories of early mapping of the Pacific Coast are told through fascinating antique mapson loan from the La Jolla Map Museum and voyage atlases from our Museum Library Rare Books Collection.


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