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 lifesize 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.
Ambiance: 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.
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Recommended by 98% of couples
Stacy · Married on 07/14/2012
Amazing venue! Everyone commented on how incredible the views were. We wanted a beach wedding but all the beach spots are so crowded and very public. The fact that we had the end of the pier to ourselves was a big selling point. It felt very private despite being on a very busy pier. We had about 75 people and it was perfect, people could wander through the sea center and they even had an amazing jellyfish exhibit upstairs. The price was very resonable compared to most spots in california, we looked everywhere and I don't think you'll find a better spot for that price. Rich was great with responding to our e-mails and questions.
Elizabeth · Married on 11/05/2011
Aside from a few restrictions on what you can do (because the Sea Center is located ON the ocean), this was a perfect venue for our wedding. We planned to have the ceremony and reception outside, but due to the weather, ended up serving dinner outside, then bringing our guests inside to dance, and it was PERFECT! I wouldn't recommend this venue (even outside) for more than 150 people, but for our group, it was great! It's also very affordable, and the management is friendly and responsive.