The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History invites guests to Astro- Vaganza!, an all-day astronomy celebration on August 10 from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM and 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

During the day, guests can enjoy hands-on astronomy activities, including launching bottle rockets, creating comets, and building planets and rockets packs. Kids in attendance will win a fun prize by visiting each space station and filling out their “mission log”, and can also dress up as a favorite space character to enter a drawing to win a year-long membership to the Museum.

Planetarium Shows will also be playing throughout the day in the Gladwin Planetarium, including Twinkle, Twinkle for Little Stars, Kids’ Space Adventure, and Your Cosmic Quest. Planetarium Shows are $4 for non-members and free to Museum Members.

Lunch will be available for purchase from Georgia’s Smokehouse Food Truck from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Frozen treats from Freezer Monkey will also be for sale from Noon to 4:00 PM.

Guests can also join the Astronomical Unit in the evening for telescope viewing, and enjoy an Evening Exclusive at 7:00 PM at $6 for general admission, or $3 for Museum Members.

Tinker Fest is included with general admission. For more information about Astro-Vaganza! and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, visit

About the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, founded in 1916, is visited by more than 150,000 people each year, including its 5,700 members. It is beautifully situated on 17 acres in Mission Canyon along Mission Creek. The Museum has so much to see and do with eight permanent exhibit halls (focusing on regional natural history that includes insects, birds, mammals, paleontology, marine life, plant life, and the Chumash Indians.) In addition, the Museum is home to the only planetarium on the Central Coast, the Maximus Art Gallery specializing in 17th, 18th and 19th Century antique natural history prints, a Museum Library which is a major research facility, and a real 72-foot Blue Whale skeleton. Nestled in nature, the Museum offers a walking/hiking trails, The Museum Backyard, and The Nature Club House where visitors can experience being a naturalist. The mission of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is to discover a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.

-ADDRESS: 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (located just beyond the Old Mission)

-PHONE: 805-682-4711


-HOURS: Open daily 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day,

Christmas Day, and the last Saturday of June for the annual Santa Barbara Wine FestivalTM  GENERAL ADMISSION RATES: $12/adult, $8/senior, $8/teen, and $7/child  PARKING: Free


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