The Museum's outdoor spaces are now open to the public. We have different activities each day, so check our calendar to plan your visit. Reserve tickets at Indoor spaces and the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf are temporarily closed.

Butterflies Alive!

In the Sprague Butterfly Pavilion

Through September 7

Walk through a beautiful garden while nearly 1,000 live butterflies flutter freely around you. The exhibit features a dazzling variety of butterflies, from local favorites to exotic tropical varieties. Learn about the life cycle and behavior of these spectacular invertebrates while observing them up close.

Built in 2018, the Sprague Butterfly Pavilion features plants butterflies love and comfortable spots to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Its swooping steel ribs mimic the curve of a butterfly’s wings, and its sandstone face was carefully constructed from local Santa Barbara rock.

The exhibit is included in Museum admission.

Presented by Frank Schipper Construction Company, The Walter J. and Holly O. Thompson Foundation, Deckers Brands, HUB International, California Lutheran University, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, the Berry Man, Santa Barbara Independent, Voice Magazine, El Latino, Noozhawk, Santa Maria Sun, and Ventura County Reporter.