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When you become a member of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, you are supporting one of the oldest institutions in Santa Barbara. We are a private, nonprofit organization that does not receive local, state or federal government funding for our operations, the Museum depends on the generosity of the community.

Here are just a few reasons to join the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History: 

  1. Unlimited FREE admission* to the Museum, Sea Center, and daytime Planetarium shows
  2. Discounts on Museum camps, classes, lectures, and films.
  3. Unique members-only events throughout the year, like the annual Members' Party held each year in May with an exclusive premiere of our summer special exhibition
  4. Special opportunities for local, regional, national, and international natural history trips.

  5. 10% discount in the Museum Store and Sea Center Store
  6. FREE admission to more than 330 museums and science centers worldwide
  7. Discount admission to ArtWalk, the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ , and Sensational Seafood
  8. Provide support to care for our immense collections, continue our great scientific research, maintain our award-winning education programs, and bring in creative new exhibitions all year long.



* The Museum and Sea Center are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The Museum is also closed on the last Saturday of June for the annual Santa Barbara Wine Festival, and Museum Members receive a discount on Wine Festival tickets. The Museum is open during the annual ArtWalk held in September, and Museum Members receive a discount on ArtWalk tickets. 


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