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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

Maximus Gallery ReceptionsDesign by Nature

Design by Nature
Thursday, February 9


Thursday, June 8



Romancing the Stars
Romancing the Stars
Saturday, February 11
Show Times: 6:00 PM and 6:45 PM

Take a romantic tour of the universe inside the Gladwin Planetarium. Uncover myths and stories about love, the planets, and Cupid's role in Greek mythology. Afterwards, you and your sweetie will view our amazing night sky through telescopes in our newly renovated Palmer Observatory. Guests will enjoy cupcakes and champagne.

$10 per ticket. Purchase tickets 
FREE for Members of the Explorer Level and Above. RSVP to

Annual Members' Party
Bugs...Outside The Box
Friday, May 26

5:00-7:30 PM

Join us for our annual Member’s Party. Take a tour through the fascinating insect world inside Bugs...Outside the Box. Be the first to view these impressive, oversized creatures before the exhibit opens to the public.


Cocktails with a Curator "A Mammoth Discovery"
Thursday, April 20
5:30-7:30 PM

In 2014, the skull of a mammoth was discovered on Santa Rosa Island. These rare skeletal remains sat below the earth's surface for 13,000 years before they were discovered and brought to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Scientists believe this fossil could be one of the most intact mammoth skulls to ever be excavated.

Join us as we dig deeper into the mystery of fossils and the Santa Rosa Island mammoth. Guests will enjoy specialty cocktails, apetizers and make their own "mammoth," discovery.

Participating Curators:

Paul Collins, M.S. Curator of Vertebrate Zoology

Don Morris, Retired Archaeologist for Channel Islands National Park

Jenna Rolle, M.S. Geosciences Specialist

Open to all Museum Members and invited guests

Ticket Price: $35 Purchase Tickets

Free for Naturalist level ($150) and above. RSVP to


SEPTEMBER is Member Appreciation Month

All current Members will be entered in to a weekly drawing to win cool prizes from our Museum and Sea  Center stores.

  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays
    Buy one admission and get one free admission for Museum Member guests
  • Saturdays
    Buy or renew a Family Membership at the Museum or Sea Center and receive a FREE Museum keychain with LED light (on-site only)
  • Astrovaganza
    Saturday, September 9
    Members may bring additional guests for FREE.
  • Breakfast with the Bugs
    Sunday, September 10
    The Museum opens early at 9:00 AM for Members to have breakfast with the bugs, followed by a special Planetarium show.
  • Artwalk
    September 23 & 24
    Free Admission for all current Museum Members

Member Double Discount Days
December 5, 6, and 7

During these three days, Museum Members enjoy a 20% saving on all items in our gift stores. Get a jump on your holiday shopping during this annual event. Discover our assortment of scarves, T-shirts, jewelry, books, and more!


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