Tag archives: Museum of Natural History

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Legacy Awards 2024
By Joanne A Calitri   |   February 27, 2024

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History announced its 15th Annual Legacy Awards honorees Kathy and Bob Harbaugh, Toni and Terry McQueen, Don Morris, and Ken Tatro, at a private dinner event on January 18 in the Fleischmann Auditorium. The Museum’s Legacy Awards acknowledge extraordinary contributions to the Museum and the natural world by community supporters, […]

Waterhouse Goes Solo
By Richard Mineards   |   October 31, 2023

Artist and gallery owner Ralph Waterhouse, who just celebrated this 80th birthday with a boffo bash at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, hosted his first solo exhibition in 25 years at his new gallery on Coast Village Road, just a tiara’s toss from Ca’Dario. “My wife Diane thought it would be a good […]

Happy Birthday, Ralph!
By Richard Mineards   |   October 24, 2023

Iconic artist and art gallery owner Ralph Waterhouse celebrated his 80th birthday in style with a party for 90 guests at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History with his bubbly wife, Diane. The dynamic duo have owned an eponymous gallery in La Arcada for 39 years and last April opened a new outlet on […]

Dining Among the Natural History
By Richard Mineards   |   July 4, 2023

Oenophiles and gourmands were out in force at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History when the popular venue hosted the region’s premier food and wine event, attracting 1,400 supporters to the sprawling 17-acre Mission Creek campus, raising more than $200,000 for the museum’s programs and exhibits. Around 200 VIP tickets, giving early access to […]

Wine & Food
By Lynda Millner   |   July 26, 2022

One of the biggest wine and food events of the year happened after a two-year hiatus, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH). Over 1,000 folks gathered on the 17-acre campus to stroll along the shaded banks of Mission Creek sampling the Central Coast’s best food, wine, and spirits from 80-plus purveyors. This […]

A Taste of Wine and Nature
By Richard Mineards   |   July 5, 2022

Oenophiles and gourmands were out in force at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History when, after a two-year pandemic hiatus, it hosted the region’s premier wine and food event, attracting 1,000 supporters to the beautiful 17-acre Mission Creek campus and raising more than $200,000 for the museum’s programs and exhibits. Around 200 VIP tickets, […]

Butterflies Flutter Back to the Museum
By Montecito Journal   |   May 31, 2022

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – a nonprofit organization founded in 1916 – opens its popular summer exhibit Butterflies Alive! this weekend. For the first time, the exhibit will feature more than a dozen colorful tropical species from Costa Rica. Director of Guest Experience Kim Zsembik shares, “We are excited to welcome these […]

The Artist’s Table
By Lynda Millner   |   November 9, 2021

The “dinosaurs” had been put to bed and it was grown up time at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH). The soirée kicked off an art show in Fleischmann Auditorium with fine wines and a signature cocktail. Outside was an array of tables set beautifully with a small painting at each place done […]

UCSB Music Goes Live, with Tech Support from SBCC
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 3, 2021

Last October, Santa Barbara City College’s Jim Mooy used the Jamulus audio platform and live-streamed videos of each performer generated via Zoom to direct a synchronous audio and video stream of a university ensemble performance of SBCC’s Lunch Break Jazz Ensemble concert.  This week, Mooy lends his expertise to his counterparts at UCSB’s Music Department, […]

Dinosaurs in Santa Barbara
By Lynda Millner   |   April 8, 2021

Those things that go “bump” in the night! They could be caused by five dinosaurs that now reside at the Museum of Natural History, permanently, along with some babies. After the summer of 2019 when the electronic dinosaurs visited and were then shipped onto the next place, the kids have been asking for them. One […]

Three Billion Birds Lost
By Joanne A Calitri   |   March 19, 2020

A most pivotal lecture of our time was presented at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on January 29, titled, “Three Billion Birds Lost: The Disappearance of North American Birds and What We Can Do About It.”The standing room-only lecture was given by renowned scientist and author, Kenneth Rosenberg, who works at the Cornell […]

Welcome Terry
By Richard Mineards   |   February 6, 2020

Former telecommunications executive Terry Valeski is Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s new chair for the board of trustees. Terry, a former Montecito neighbor, served on the museum’s board for six years and previously served as vice chair for finance. “The museum and sea center have evolved magnificently over the years and are truly an […]

Museum Madness
By Richard Mineards   |   July 4, 2019

The popular food and wine festival at the socially gridlocked Museum of Natural History was a sold-out affair. The 32nd annual fest, which had 1,173 guests and raised in excess of $115,000 for the museum’s programs, featured more than 70 premier Central Coast wineries and 30 food vendors on the 11-acre oak-shaded Mission Creek campus. […]

Cover to Cover
By Richard Mineards   |   July 12, 2018

A mother-daughter collaboration that started 10 years ago has just come to fruition. Montecito resident Helen Drachkovitch and her cultural anthropologist daughter, Nicole Sault, who lives in Palo Alto, have just published Celebramos/Let’s Celebrate: Seis Traditions de Mexico/ Six Traditions From Mexico, a bilingual work. “It all started a decade ago when my mother became […]

Wine + Food Festival
By Lynda Millner   |   July 12, 2018

When the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH) began its Wine Festival, it was only about wine. Today it’s an even bigger event with the addition of restaurants’ food samples to go with wine. Ever-popular with another sellout crowd of 900 tickets this year three weeks before the event. Add in the vendors and […]