Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

One-of-a-kind location for evening receptions, weddings, meetings, cocktail parties, and dinners. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center invites you and your guests to enjoy our unique setting and breathtaking views. As your guests arrive at the soaring, light-filled Reception Hall with its two-story walls of glass and life-size California gray whale models, they will know this is a truly special event.

Whether you are planning a wedding, cocktail party, formal dinner, reception, awards ceremony, or evening meeting, we invite you to experience the unforgettable, contemporary beauty of the Sea Center. Perfectly suited for groups of 10 to 200 people, the Sea Center is a unique location for your special event.

Unlike any other location in Santa Barbara, with beautiful ocean, harbor, beach, and mountain views. Located on historic Stearns Wharf. Gorgeous ocean views abound at the Sea Center. The east side of the Reception Hall looks down the coast towards East Beach, Montecito, and the spectacular Santa Ynez Mountains. The west side looks out toward the sunset and Santa Barbara's picturesque harbor.

Price: $

$2,500 for venue only


Outdoor Area - 150 guests for ceremony or reception

Indoor Area - 75 guests

Time Allotments: Outdoors, any time. Inside, after 5pm

Amplified Music: Allowed

Alcohol Policy: Licensed bartender

Bridal Dressing Room: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Parking Available: Yes

Decoration Policy: Restrictions on open flames, dried or live animals, confetti and balloons.

Descriptive Words for this venue:

  • Beach

  • Ceremony

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor

  • Reception

  • Rehearsal Dinner

Requirements: Contract

Contact Information:

  • Name: Jose Lobato

  • Phone: (805) 962-2526 ext. 101

  • Email:

  • Website: Sea Center

  • Address: 211 Stearns Wharf | Santa Barbara | CA | 93101

Photography courtesy of: Rewind Photography