Museum and Sea Center FAQ

We look forward to seeing you at both of our locations.
Here are our most frequently asked questions: 

Parking is free at the Museum. As you approach the Museum you will see our large lot on the right. 

Sea Center
Parking is free for the first 90 minutes and then $2.50 hr. thereafter, no validation required.

The Museum and Sea Center are open 7 days a week from 10:00AM-5:00PM Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Closing early at 3:00 PM on Christmas Eve.

The Museum is closed the last Saturday in June for the Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival. 

At the Museum most guests spend 1.5 to 2 hours visiting our halls and grounds. Depending on your interests, some guests spend all day.

Sea Center
Most guests spend 45 min. to 1 hr.


The Museum has a beautiful picnic area alongside the creek and snacks available in the Museum Store and vending machines. You are welcome to bring your own picnic. Picnic area is outdoors and available on a first come first serve basis. The Museum Store does carry some lite snacks and there are vending machines on campus.

Sea Center
The Sea Center is surrounded by local restaurants and the beach is always great for a picnic.

All exhibits are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

At the Museum wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be checked out at the Museum’s Admissions Office by leaving a driver's license or other form of valid identification.

We accept cash, checks, traveler’s checks, and credit cards.
Online tickets available thru Trip Advisor.

We have a fantastic store at both locations with merchandise representing our exhibits and other nature inspired gifts, jewelry, books and toys.

Tickets to the Planetarium are $4 each and may be purchased the day of your visit. Please see our Planetarium schedule for shows and show times.

In 2018 Butterflies Alive! is still to be determined based on construction timetables and delays. Check back for more information soon.

The Museum is embarking upon a series of ambitious and exciting projects this year that will make our campus more accessible, and even more engaging. And while the Museum will remain open during these renovations, there will be impacts upon our operations, including a significant amount of our onsite parking space dedicated for the use of construction equipment and materials, and a renovation of the Mammal, Bird and Cartwright Exhibits Halls. Support the Capital Campaign.

Yes! We encourage our guests to share their visits on their social media, but for personal use only. @sbnature  #sbnature #NaturallyDifferent