The Museum's outdoor spaces are open Wed–Sun, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM (reservations recommended). The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf's outdoor spaces are open Friday–Sunday, noon–4:00 PM (purchase tickets at the door). Indoor spaces are temporarily closed.

Press Releases

July 8, 2020
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is delighted to open its outdoor areas to the public, including the popular Butterflies Alive! exhibit, starting July 8.
May 28, 2020
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has recently opened summer camp registration for children ages 4–9 to participate with their families at home. Five-day camps run from June 22 to July 10.
May 15, 2020
Purchases Support Museum and Sea Center Programs
May 12, 2020
Denise Stevens has been named president of the Planned Giving Advisory Council at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
March 31, 2020
SBMNH recently launched a new online resource called SBnature From Home, a carefully curated collection of ways to connect to science and nature while the Museum is closed due to COVID-19.
March 12, 2020
The sold-out event raised more than $445,000 to support Museum and Sea Center education programs including field trip scholarships to low-income schools.
February 28, 2020
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center on Stearns Wharf is seeking volunteers ages 11 and older to share their passion for the ocean and its inhabitants.
January 30, 2020
Antique prints and the prophetic words of 18th and 19th century naturalists tell the stories of vanished birds in a new exhibit from Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Maximus Gallery.
January 29, 2020
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is proud to announce Terrence Valeski as the new Chair of its Board of Trustees.
January 23, 2020
This year the awards were presented to the Hind Foundation, Joan Seaver Kurze, Ph.D., and Fred Schaeffer.
January 8, 2020
The collected chapters of the monograph by various anthropologists share information about the long history of human settlement at Goleta Slough, particularly at the Chumash village known as Helo’.
January 3, 2020
The public is invited to a free community conversation on Sunday, January 26 from 3:00–5:00 PM to hear from local experts and discuss the impacts of the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow.
January 2, 2020
SBMNH, SB Audubon Society, and UCSB Arts & Lectures welcome Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg to speak about his recent landmark study.
December 12, 2019
Thanks to support from CEC, Asteri Solar, Sun Pacific Solar Electric, Inc., and Mission Wealth
November 12, 2019
Annual fundraiser welcomes thousands of treasure-seekers to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
October 17, 2019
On Saturday, November 9, four local Chumash tribes will co-host a day of traditional Chumash activities and educational opportunities for their communities and the public.
September 30, 2019
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History was honored on Sunday, September 29 with the award for Santa Barbara Commons/Public Open Space.
September 18, 2019
From Saturday, September 28 to Sunday, September 29, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will feature 30 works from 11 local celebrated artists to raise funds to support Museum exhibits.
September 12, 2019
On October 4, the John and Peggy Maximus Gallery will depart from its usual emphasis on early Western scientific illustration to present Kachō-e: Impressions of Natural History in Japanese Prints.
August 8, 2019
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will host a Docent Open House on Monday, September 9 at 9:30 AM for anyone interested in becoming a docent.