Connect with Nature Discover the wonders of ocean life at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center. Located on historic Stearns Wharf, this highly interactive regional aquarium offers you close encounters with marine animals from the Santa Barbara Channel. In addition to outdoor exhibits, the Sea Center hosts unique events and special educational programming, including the Live Dive series.
Get your hands wet! Using a gentle two-finger touch, you can interact with marine animals such as sharks, sea stars, and sea urchins. On our Wet Deck, learn how scientists use oceanographic tools to sample the ocean and examine marine life. Learn about the Sea Center’s participation in the White Abalone Captive Breeding Program, which is working to bring this endangered marine snail back from the brink of extinction.
One visit is not enough The ocean is dynamic and each day is different. Come back to discover more! Members receive free admission all year long.