Where can you touch a live seastar, see live plankton, hatch grunion fish eggs, create your own
sea art and learn about field trips to see whales, all in one day? At the Sea Center, located on
historic Stearns Wharf!
The Sea Center features presentations that are designed to kindle a desire for visitors to go out into
the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel. At the Sea Center, visitors may experience the blow of a blue whale,
see the beauty of the kelp forest and touch the spines of a sea urchin. Through these
interactions with marine life, visitors learn about the importance of the Santa Barbara Channel
as a biosphere reserve.
In addition the Sea Center acts as a venue for a full slate of presentations, seven days a week given
by staff marine biologists, Museum Docents, and college and high school interns working as
interpreters. Shows will be object based, include live specimens when possible and will be supported
by props and graphics to illustrate concepts.
Eric Solomon Introduces the Sea Center
Eric Solomon: The Sea Center & MERA
An "Aquatots" class at the touch tank
Feel free to contact us with your questions about local marine life, click
on our email address below, or phone us at (805) 962-0885.
Sea Center Manager
Assistant Director of Education, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History