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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, August 26, 2016

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Reaches All-time High of 6,000 Members


The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Reaches All-time High of 6,000 Members
The Flores family of Carpinteria marked the 6000th member and was gifted with a free 5 year membership to celebrate the Museum’s milestone

Santa Barbara, CA- It’s safe to say the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is having a stellar centennial year. With two blockbuster exhibits and a backyard of every child’s dreams, this summer they have also surpassed a longtime goal of reaching 6,000 members; the most in the Museum’s history.
There wasn’t any sort of contest or countdown showing visitors that the membership target number was approaching, but when it was finally reached, a plan to surprise that specific family with something special was set in motion.
A gift basket of goodies was presented to the unknowing Flores family which included a free 5 year membership to the Museum and Sea Center. “We feel very honored to be the 6000th member of this amazing museum. This is the perfect gift for our growing family which we will be able to enjoy for many years to come,” said Kelli Flores. The Flores family resides in Carpinteria and consists of parents Omar and Kelli, their 2 year old daughter, and newborn son.
The Museum’s Membership Manager Leana Orsua has long awaited this moment, “It has been my goal to see the Museum reach 6,000 members since I became the Membership Manager four years ago. To see this happen during our centennial year is a culmination of our commitment to providing the community with new and exciting programing and exhibits from the natural world.” Reaching record membership numbers, especially during a centennial year, is something to celebrate.
Membership is important in helping these institutions sustain and becoming a member of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History means supporting one of the oldest institutions in Santa Barbara. “Members are the bedrock of continuing support and return visitation and are always the Museum’s biggest fans and best advocates.  Thank you to the Flores family and I look forward to seeing you here at the Museum and Sea Center….often!” said Luke Swetland, Museum President & CEO.
Admission numbers are breaking record highs this summer and the Museum hopes to keep the momentum going throughout the rest of year while retaining current members… watch out 7,000!
Become a member of the Museum and Sea Center today! www.sbnature.org/members

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About the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History reconnects more than 100,000 people each year (including their 6,000 members) to nature indoors and outdoors. Uniquely nestled in nature, the Museum is located along Mission Creek in the Mission Canyon area. The Museum has ten indoor exhibit halls focusing on regional natural history including astronomy, birds, insects, geology, mammals, marine life, paleontology, plant life, and the Chumash Indians. Also, the Museum is home to the only full-dome planetarium on the Central Coast, a research library, and the John & Peggy Maximus Art Gallery.
The Museum’s outdoor exhibit experiences include a nature trail, the Chumash Sukinanik’oy Garden, The Museum Backyard & Nature Club House, the Butterfly Pavilion, and a real 74-foot Blue Whale skeleton. The Museum’s outdoor nature experience continues down to the Pacific Ocean at its Sea Center located on the historic Stearns Wharf. The Sea Center offers nearly 100,000 visitors a window to ocean life in the Santa Barbara Channel through its interactive exhibits and close-up, hands-on encounters with sea creatures.
Beyond exhibitions, the Museum offers science education programs for adults and children, preserves a collection of more than three million specimens and artifacts, and maintains ongoing scientific research. The Museum’s mission is to inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.
Location: 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

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