The Museum’s much anticipated Centennial Project is about to begin! This is an exciting time at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The first week of September marks the point when key areas of the Mission Creek campus will begin to undergo an amazing revitalization.
And rest assured, the Museum will remain open, active, and exciting throughout the entire period of the renovations.
Throughout the ten months of restoration, dynamic programs will continue to be offered at the Museum– so check our website sbnature.org often so as not to miss out on a variety of exciting engagements. And of course, the beautiful Sea Center is always ready to welcome anyone who wants to get their hands wet touching sharks, rays, and tide pool animals.
The Museum’s highly popular Backyard and Nature Clubhouse will undergo enhancements along with the creation of new program spaces starting in September. We will be opening a new outdoor nature engagement area, The Field Station- Your BaseCamp for Exploration, on the south side of Mission Creek.
This will be a must visit spot while the Backyard and Nature Clubhouse are being improved.
Through the recent generosity of many donors, we have raised $16.45 million toward our $18.4 million goal. We are grateful to all the donors to the Centennial Campaign listed here.
The Museum Backyard and Nature Clubhouse are two of the Museum’s most popular destinations. Improvements through the Centennial Campaign to this area will make it easier for guests in wheelchairs to visit. A beautiful pathway connecting the area next to the Butterfly Pavilion to the Museum Backyard will be installed. View here
The exhibit design team recently shared details about the new Santa Barbara Gallery, which will be installed in the current Cartwright Hall. The Gallery will focus on explaining the Santa Barbara region and why there is such a rich diversity of species. Specifically, the geology, geography, and climate create the conditions for biodiversity making the Santa Barbara region a unique hotbed for life. View here
The Santa Barbara Foundation awarded $250,000 to the Museum in support of the Centennial Campaign. Ronald V. Gallo, president and CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation shared, “The investments made in these capital campaigns will reach thousands of people in Santa Barbara County and truly reflect the very heart of what the foundation has done for close to 90 years and will continue to do for generations to come.” Read More>
The Centennial Campaign raised more than $2 million in 2016, bringing our total raised-to-date to $15.9 million. The Campaign Cabinet of volunteers is working hard to meet the goal of $18.3 million by the summer.
We are thrilled to announce that recently the family of Norman F. Sprague III chose to name the new Pavilion in his honor. Norm was a truly respected and highly valued member of the Museum’s Board of Trustees from 1997 until his death in 2014. He served as Board Chair in 2003 and 2004 and became an Honorary Trustee in 2008. He also served as a Finance Chair, on the CEO Selection Committee, and as the Chair of the Master Planning Committee where he masterfully helped guide the Museum’s plans to their current shape.
Marianne Sprague recently shared, “that naming the Butterfly Pavilion in honor of Norm is the physical manifestation of his gifts and time to the Museum. Our family deeply believes in the mission of the Natural History Museum.”
Upon hearing of the Sprague Family’s decision to name the Pavilion in honor of Norm, a number of other patrons of the Museum announced that they are making additional gifts to the Campaign in recognition of his steady leadership and steadfast belief in the Museum and its mission. This outpouring of affection and support for the Museum by his peers is an honor to Norm’s legacy of service.
The Exhibits team continues to stay on schedule and shared updated drawings of the enhanced Mammal Hall. View here
A new element to the project is the creation of the Puesta del Sol Esplanade; the beautiful pathway from Mission Canyon Road to the Museum entrance. Parking on the Southside of the street will be replaced with a pedestrian path enhanced with boulders, succulents, and other natural barriers. This returns the area to its original look and use. View here
The Exhibits team presented the schematic design drawings at 65% to an enthusiastic group of Museum Friends and trustees.
Generous Campaign supporters David and Lyn Anderson have chosen to “name” the Mammal Hall.
The Exhibits team led by Director Frank Hein developed the Master Planning Manifesto outlining their philosophy and goals toward executing the Centennial project exhibit design. View here
The Centennial Project, our campus wide signage work, and our lighting package were all given design approval by the Historic Landmarks Commission.
We selected the exhibit design team! Gallagher & Associates, Cinnabar, and Dixon Studios will work with our exhibit team to design, renovate, and build the Mammal Hall, Bird Habitat Hall, and Santa Barbara Gallery.
Landscape designer Susan Van Atta is working with the Museum to develop beautiful and improved landscaping around the campus. View here
We continue to work closely with the City’s Historic Landmarks Commission for approval of the preliminary design, followed by the construction drawing approval process.
The Centennial Campaign, led by Campaign Chair Palmer Jackson, Jr., raised more than $2.5 million in 2015, bringing our total raised-to-date to $8,648,000. In addition, an anonymous donor has offered a 1:2, $5 million challenge match and will donate $5 million when we raise an additional $10 million. The Campaign Cabinet of volunteers has already raised the first $5.3 million toward the match—our goal is to fully meet this challenge by yearend.