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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 2017


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


MembersSEPTEMBER is Member Appreciation Month

Thank you for being a Member and supporting the Museum. To show our appreciation to our Members, the Museum is offering extra incentives and benefits during the month of September.

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


Special Offers and Discounts
All Month  

  • Current Members will be entered in to a weekly drawing to win cool prizes from our Museum stores.
  • Buy one Gift of Membership and get 2nd one 20% off (on site-only).
  • Receive a FREE Bug Mug with a purchase of a Family Membership. (Available for all new members and those purchasing a Gift Membership)
  • Buy one Admission, Get one Free
    Every Wednesday-Friday
    Museum & Sea Center
    Buy one admission and get one free admission for Museum Member guests.

  • Astrovaganza
    Saturday, September 9
    10:00-4:00 PM
    FREE for Members

    Discover the amazing world of Astronomy with a variety of family fun stations. Members may bring additional guests for FREE. Guests must be with a Member. (Maximum: 4 additional guests).
  • Breakfast with the Beetles
    Sunday, September 10
    9:00-10:00 AM
    Members Only

    View our vast beetle collection from 100 different species with Curator of Entomology, Matthew Gimmel. Enjoy a donut breakfast. Sample one of 3 flavored edible crickets. The Museum’s Bug…Outside the Box exhibit will be open early for Members before it leaves the Museum.

  • Mermaid Day
    Saturday, September 16
    10:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Sea Center
    FREE for Members

    Take your photo with Ariel, the Little Mermaid. Enjoy a day of fun mermaid activities, entertainment, and education.

    Picnic on the Pier
    Saturday, September 23
    5-7:00 PM
    Sea Center
    Members Only

    Bring your blanket and a picnic dinner or pre-purchase one of our picnic dinners. Relax and enjoy the beauty of the ocean from our deck. Enjoy a glass of wine for $5. Pre-purchase a piicnic dinner at

  • 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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