Please consider a donation this year in honor of the Museum’s Centennial.
Donors of $100 or more will be listed in the Centennial Report distributed in spring 2017.
We truly appreciate your support!
To honor the Museum’s Centennial year!
Because “This place is more fun than Disneyland!” (said a visiting 2nd grade student)
Albert Einstein! He visited the Museum with his wife Elsa in 1931.
Because we don’t receive local, state, or federal government funding, we depend on the generosity
of the community.
Planetarium shows! We are the only place to rocket through space on the central coast.
The strawberry anemone at the Sea Center.
(Check it out and then grab some strawberry ice cream next door!)
Our Nature Adventures™ camp where campers participate in four or more Science Explorations
Monthly Science Pubs at Dargan’s - the perfect occasion to relax while quenching your
thirst for knowledge about science and nature.
You get to press the rattlesnake exhibit button every time you visit.
The Butterfly Pavilion! We have a garden with more than 1,000 free-flying butterflies!
The Marine Hall, which boasts a life-size replica of a Giant squid, the largest invertebrate animal in
You can bellow in the belly of Chad the blue whale.
We’re open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM seven days a week, 362 days a year!
We inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.
Free admission! It’s offered the third Sunday of January, February, March, April, September,
October, November, and December.
Our Nature Trail, which features Coast redwood trees which are among the oldest living trees on
Earth and have a lifespan of up to 1,800 years.
Badgers, foxes, and bears, oh my!
The Dreier Mine, a favorite spot for children and adults alike in the Mineral & Gem Gallery.
The Geology & Paleontology Hall, which features the most complete Pygmy Mammoth skeleton
We’re situated on 17 acres of riparian oak woodland along beautiful Mission Creek.
Best picnic spot EVER!
Our bird egg collection, which has more than 11,000 egg sets from 1,300 species.
Our backyard is your backyard!
Getting your hands wet in the new Intertidal Wonders touch pools at the Sea Center.
“If you truly love Nature, you’ll find beauty everywhere.” Vincent Van Gogh
We connect people to nature for the benefit of both.
We’re one of the few organizations in the world to have a gallery combining history, science, nature,
and art – the John & Peggy Maximus Gallery.
Our Quasars to Sea Stars program, which encourages local teens to take Museum and science-
focused classes, explore science-related careers, and gain work experience at the Museum and
Because we are the coolest place in Santa Barbara to earn community service hours.
A chance to check up on your favorite Eyes in the Sky birds Puku, Ivan, Athena, Max, Kachina,
Kanati, and Kisa.
You can use the Eckmann Grab to retrieve specimens from the ocean floor, then chat with a
Sea Center interpreter as you examine your findings under a microscope.
Our Anthropology collection of rare Indian basketry and fiberwork.
The archaeological collections, which include approximately 75,000 specimens from 200 sites in the
greater Santa Barbara area and the Northern Channel Islands.
The Museum’s John P. Harrington Collection, which has 300 microfilm reels of ethnographic and
linguistic field notes, photographs, and correspondence.
The Curiosity Lab! An inviting place for families to explore the natural world through cool hands-on
activities such as making animal track impressions.
Being able to curl up with a good book in the Curiosity Lab tent!
We’ve got answers! Write down a question on a leaf from the Tree of Wonder, and check back in to
find your answer on a new leaf!
The Magic Planet, which is a stunningly animated representation of Earth’s atmospheric,
oceanographic, geological, and planetary processes.
Because we are the ONLY Museum in the world to display a vomiting seagull! Eeeuuuww!
We started in 1916 as the Museum of Comparative Oology - an area of study that focuses on the
eggs and nests of birds.
We’re visited by more than 20,000 schoolchildren every year, many of whom return for another
visit with their family and friends.
We have teams of second graders examining plant and animal fossils and engaging in simulated
digs to excavate and identify animal skeletons.
We throw great Star Parties and you’re invited! Attend one of the monthly star parties and view
objects in the night sky through our telescopes, and bring your astronomy and astrophysics
questions – we’ve got answers!
Our upgraded observatory has a new, state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope perfect for viewing
You can navigate the twisting, winding path of Boulder Alley.
We’re a favorite haunt of Anna’s Hummingbird.
When there’s water, you can find frogs, crawfish, and steelhead trout in Mission Creek!
The Santa Barbara Wine and Food Festival! Get your tickets now to the best and biggest
Wine Festival around!
Because our Collections and Research Center houses over 3 and 1/2 million specimens.
The Museum’s Library, a major research facility devoted to natural history, the environment,
and California Indian culture.
It’s 2016 and we’re celebrating 100 years of serving the Santa Barbara Community.
Mention “Reason number 53” in the gift shop to get a free Museum pencil.
Whether you’re eight or 88, we’re all about lifelong learning.
We give free family passes to visiting students from local schools to encourage them to return with
We have more than 87,000 square feet to explore at our Mission Canyon campus!
The Sea Center is the most significant marine educational institution in the Santa Barbara
¡Se habla español!
We host outstanding traveling exhibits like Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived and
A T. rex named Sue.
Curator of Anthropology John Johnson, who headed a team that investigated the earliest evidence
for people in our region at the Arlington Springs Site on Santa Rosa Island.
Curator of Ethnography Jan Timbrook, who specializes in material culture and ethnobotany and
is the author of Chumash Ethnobotany: Plant Knowledge Among the Chumash People of
Dr. Krista Fahy, the collection manager of the ornithology and fish collections, who prepares and
curates specimens and tissues used in research projects all over the world.
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology Paul Collins, who has conducted focused field studies on the bats of
central California, the endangered California Tiger Salamander, and on a variety of declining land
birds found on Vandenberg Air Force Base – yet his principal focus has been on the terrestrial and
vertebrate fauna of the California Channel Islands.
Curators of Malacology Daniel Geiger and Paul Valentich-Scott, who are internationally renowned
experts in their field and in the course of their research have described numerous new species
including Haliotis geiger (Geiger) and Wallerconcha sarae (Valentich-Scott).
Got a question about bugs? Curator of Entomology Matthew Gimmel has answers.
Curator Linda Miller and Exhibit Designer Marian McKenzie, who showcase exquisitely detailed
and breathtakingly beautiful natural history art prints in the John & Peggy Maximus Gallery.
Larry the Groundskeeper! Our grounds include beautiful plants and trees such as the red bud tree
growing near the Museum entrance, an exquisite Cup of Gold vine in the courtyard, and Matilija
poppies near Chad the Blue Whale.
The Curiosity Lab, which features “Sandy,” a life-size replica of an Elephant Bird skeleton…
…and you can find an Elephant Bird egg replica above the fireplace in the Museum’s
Explorations! field trips! Our Leadership Circles members provide critical support for the Museum
and also get to go on great Explorations! fieldtrips!
Our annual Members’ Party! All Museum members get to explore the Museum after hours, get their
faces painted, and enjoy delicious food.
Programs like Antarctica: On Thin Ice and A Sip, A Stroke, A Songbird.
In 2014 the Museum hosted a Symposium on Human Origins, inviting an international cadre of
scientists to demonstrate and debate the latest findings in early human evolution.
Lucky visitors will occasionally get to see live gray whales making a stop near the Sea Center as
they migrate up and down the California coast.
Our Sea Center participates in the White Abalone Captive Breeding Program.
Go to http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/abalone/abalone.html/
to learn more about the importance of abalone conservation.
10,000 likes on Facebook and counting! Like us on Facebook if you haven’t already!
On Memorial Day weekend alone we had 3,000 visitors.
Where besides the Museum store can you get butterfly t-shirts, octopus mugs, rock candy
AND astronaut ice cream?
The Dino Dig sandbox is the perfect place to dig around for bones and hone your
How long is a gray whale? Pull the blue rope at the Museum to find out!
Take a close look at wriggling swell shark embryos still inside their eggs at the Sea Center.
Hundreds of couples have tied the knot in the oak woodlands across the creek and cut the cake
in Fleischmann Auditorium.
We have a truly awesome army of volunteers. In 2015, 845 people contributed 35,500 hours,
equivalent to 17 full-time staff.
Our courtyard fountain features 400 year-old Assyrian tile that was painstakingly restored by
Conservator-in-Residence Amy Green.
The best birding classes in Santa Barbara are taught right here by Fred Emerson, Guy Tingos,
and Museum Volunteer Coordinator Rebecca Coulter!
When Mission Creek is dried up, the recirculating waterway in our Backyard offers a cool
environment for kids to make dams, pump water, climb rocks, splash around, and gain
confidence in exploring nature freely.
At AstroVaganza you can launch a rocket, freeze a flower in dry ice, and learn cool facts about our
We have more than 6,000 members!* (We surpassed the 6,000 mark on June 30, 2016)
We’re a fun and unique children’s birthday spot. 20 of your family members and friends get
Our Collections and Research Center houses a powerful SEM microscope frequently on loan to
visiting students and scientists from all around the state.
Our Annual Mission Creek Gala raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit our children’s
education programs. In 2016, the BIG BANG BIRTHDAY BASH Gala raised over half a million dollars
for science education!
Enjoy specialty cocktails and appetizers while getting an up close and in-depth look at some of the
Museum’s collections of awe-inspiring specimens at our annual Cocktails with a Curator. This year’s
theme – Out of the Cocoon – was an enormous hit.
Our Centennial Poets-in-Residence program has invited Santa Barbara Poets Laureate Sojourner
Kincaid Rolle, David Starkey, Perie Longo, Paul Willis, and Chryss Yost to create poetry inspired by
the Museum’s exhibits and magnificent natural setting.
You can enter the Surge Tank Tunnel and go face to face with living tide-pool inhabitants.
The chance to feel the sandy texture of a swell shark or a thornback ray at Shark Cove!
You came here as a child, you came here with your kids, and you plan on coming with
Even though you’ve seen every exhibit at least 50 times, you jump at the chance to visit again.
It’s a great place to bring out-of-town friends!
You know you’re established when you’re a stop for the Santa Barbara Trolley!
Our curators write and publish cool academic articles such as
“From the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene: 20,000 Years of Ecological Change and
the Future of Biodiversity on California’s Channel Islands” (Paul Collins, BioDiversity Magazine).