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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 Receptions

Design by NatureDesign by Nature
Thursday, February 9

Thursday, June 8


Mapping the Pacific Coast
Thursday, October 12

Museum Members at the Naturalist level and above are invited to atend exhibit receptions in the Maximus Gallery. Be the first to view our newest displays of antique natural history art. Enjoy wine, appetizers, and a  chance to meet our curator. Upgrade your Membership to the Naturalist level by calling Membership at 805-682-4711 ext. 114

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: The Discovery of the Pygmy Mammoth
Thursday, April 20
5:30-7:30 PM

Free for Naturalist level ($150) and above. RSVP to
Tickets: $35 for all other Members and their invited guests.

View, firsthand a rare pygmy mammoth fossil discovered on Santa Rosa Island in 2014. Learn about the mammoth's evolution and extinction while you enjoy specialty cocktails and light bites.

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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