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.
Maximus Gallery Receptions
Design 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
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 email@example.com
Annual Members' Party
Bugs...Outside The Box
Friday, May 26
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Buy or renew a Family Membership at the Museum or Sea Center and receive a FREE Museum keychain with LED light (on-site only)
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.
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!