It. Is. Happening.

The City of Santa Barbara has given the green light to begin construction on the much-anticipated Children’s Museum of Santa Barbara, slated to open June 2016 at 125 State Street. Equipment has moved onto the formerly vacant lot and site prep has begun. A formal ground-breaking event, including major announcements, is planned for the fall.

Opening in 2016!

The Children’s Museum of Santa Barbara will be a playground for your brain --- an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind experience that ignites learning through purposeful play. We will spark a lasting passion for understanding and curiosity by actively engaging minds through fun, interactive experiences. In everything we do, our goal is to bring people together, inspire awe, and empower the generation of innovators and problem-solvers to invent the future.

When complete, the 25,000-square-foot museum will include 17,000 square feet of interactive educational exhibits based on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), plus a rooftop Sky Garden, Smart Classroom, and Museum Store. It was designed by late Santa Barbara architect Barry Berkus and will be Santa Barbara County’s first LEED-certified museum. The Museum is projected to have 95,000 visitors per year, which in turn will generate increased income for hotels, restaurants and businesses, as well as additional tax revenues for the city.


Sheila Cushman, Executive Director

Anne Kratz, Director of Development