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Santa Barbara Historical Museum

136 E de La Guerra St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2205
+1 805-966-1601
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Santa barbara

This small museum gives a great picture of the history of the area. The various presentations are... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Pasadena, California
In the Saddle and Ed Borein

We went to see the Saint Barbara as recommended by our docent while on Casa Del Herrero tour and... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
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The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara just two blocks off of State Street. Our galleries may be modest in size, but they are packed with history! Santa Barbara's 450 years of history are evident in the many artifacts, paintings, photgraphs, and films that make up The Story of Santa Barbara. In addition to the permanent collection, our Sala Gallery is a rotating exhibition space which features a new exhibit every four months. There's always something new at the museum! The Museum is also home to two historic adobes - one that was built in 1836, and Casa Covarrubias which was built in 1817 and even served as the Capital of Alta California for 2 months! The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is located on the corner of De la Guerra and Santa Barbara streets, and we have a free parking lot next to the musuem entrance on De la Guerra St. Open 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday and 12pm-5pm Sunday (closed Mondays)There is a suggested $7 donation
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  • Average11%
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136 E de La Guerra St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2205
+1 805-966-1601
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

This small museum gives a great picture of the history of the area. The various presentations are very well done.

Thank 1Barb65
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We went to see the Saint Barbara as recommended by our docent while on Casa Del Herrero tour and were happy to stumble on the In the Saddle exhibition. We thoroughly enjoyed the Ed Borein permanent exhibit. This visit to Santa Barbara Historical Museum was...More

Thank maileann
Reviewed 20 July 2017

This museum offers much to enjoy. The Western art is superb. The vast collection of saddles is very interesting. There are also many other artifacts related to the history of Santa Barbara.

1  Thank SoonerSteve
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum on a Saturday and it was not busy. The museum is small but very interesting. Can spend 45 min to 2 hours. The museum consist of three large rooms. The day we visited they had a large collection of horse saddles...More

1  Thank lxjuarez
Reviewed 28 June 2017

This museum is packed with fascinating tidbits of Santa Barbara history. There are currently two special exhibits that are definitely worth the trip: saddles and western themed art.

Thank LovesRestaurants2014
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Visit the museum (free) Saddles exhibition until august 2017 for brilliant insight into life of vaqueros (cowboys &ranching) Saddles are superb. Permanent expo of history of Santa Barbara too - well worth the trip and a lovely part of town.

Thank MRS B F
Reviewed 21 June 2017

I found this place to be beautiful, interesting, friendly, free (donations accepted) and extremely well done! The only reason it didn't get an excellent rating from me is that some of the buildings on the outside of the museum were not open and I REALLY...More

Thank janahn875
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Very nice, easy to get to from State Street in a wonderful area of the city, and one of the oldest. Many good restaurants can be found within a few blocks.

Thank 340bill
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Was able to enjoy a beautiful wedding reception this past weekend at this amazing location. A bit unconventional but one of the best wedding locations I have personally attended.Convenient location just a short taxi ride away from beachfront hotels. Plenty of public parking as well.

Thank pkovan
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Returning to Santa Barbara this month, my wife and I were eager to return to the SBHistorical Museum - as we personally have found visits and the exhibitions valuable to appreciate not only the vibrant history but the of contributing families and businesses over the...More

Thank pvwz64
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