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The Museum offers all of its members a wide range of programs designed exclusively for them, including exhibition previews, 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.

What's New for Members in 2014!


Maximus Gallery Preview Receptions

Members of the Naturalist level and above are invited to preview the newest exhibition in the Maximus Gallery the night before the show opens to the public.

  • Thursday, May 8
    Beauty & Science: The Orchid Evolves
  • Thursday, October 16
    The Bird Man: John Gould and his Illustrators

Patron Dinner

Annual Leadership Circle Dinner and
Legacy Award Presentations
Honoring Legacy Award Recipients: Marcia Constance,
        The Dreier Family and Sandy Russell

Thursday, January 16, 2014
6:00 PM Reception
6:30 PM Dinner

Each year the Museum invites Members at the Patron level ($1,000 and above) to celebrate the Museum’s anniversary with an elegant evening including a cocktail hour, dinner, and a special presentation.

To upgrade your membership to the Patron Level, please call Ashley Walmsley at 805-682-4711 ext. 124.

Bear in Mind

Bear in Mind
Members-Only Preview
All Members Welcome
Saturday, January 25
9:00-10:00 AM

Luria Hall

Discover the compelling story of one of California's most beloved and feared animals before it opens to the public. Enjoy a bear like breakfast of fruits, berries and tasty bear-claws

To RSVP or upgrade contact Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114 or at

Conversations with a Curator
For Members of the Naturalist level and above
Picture this! Scientific imaging at the Museum
Presented by Dr. Daniel Geiger                                        Thursday, May 29
6:00-7:30 PM

A moderately chatty, at times sciency ramble through various techniques and a bit of discussion on ethics of image manipulation. Includes Reception and presentation.



Annual Members Party
All Members Welcome
Smokey the Bear and Butterflies Alive!
Friday, June 6
5:00-7:30 PM

Flutter your way through a night of furry adventures. View our two Summer shows before they open to the public, enjoy a tasty dinner and some good family fun.  

Not a member of the Museum? Purchase a membership online or call Membership Manager Leana Orsua at 805-682-4711 ext. 114.









blue whale


Adventurer's Club

Join at the Explorer level and become a member of our Adventurer's Club.

As a member of The Adventurer's Club you and your family will enjoy three or more unique and exclusive educational and social opportunities each year. Jump aboard and look at all the fun that awaits you in 2014! The Adventurer's Club begins at the Explorer Level. 

Friends and Family Mixer

All Members Welcome
Thursday, January 9
5:30-7:00 PM

Cartwright Hall
Please join us for wine and appetizers as you mix and mingle with Adventurer’s Club members. Bring a friend and learn about our exciting activities and special events, and what makes the Adventurer’s Club a unique and exclusive opportunity for you and your family.

RSVP By Monday, January 6
to Membership Manager Leana Orsua at or 805-6824711 ext. 114


Seashell Exploration!
For Members of the Adventurer's Club

Saturday, January 18
10:00-11:30 AM

Sea Center

You and your family will get the chance to learn about the hidden superstructures of seashells. View the various shapes and formations under microscopes Create your own ocean-themed craft and enjoy breakfast treats.

RSVP by Jan. 13
to Membership Manager Leana Orsua at or 805-682-4711 ext. 114                                                         

Night at the Museum
For Members of the Adventurer's Club                              Saturday, March 29
6:00-8:30 PM

Farrand Hall

Watch as the normally quiet museum exhibits come to life in this hilarious family adventure. You and your family will enjoy pizza, popcorn, and participate in a Scavenger Hunt through our exhibit halls to win cool prizes.


Bears, Butterflies & Breakfast!
For Members of the Adventurer's Club
Saturday, July 19

9:00-11:00 AM

Outside the Butterfly Pavilion
Make your own Smokey the Bear and Butterfly puppets! You and your family will enjoy breakfast treats and puppet entertainment. 




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