Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House
4.5
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum is home to the an impressive collection of Horse drawn conveyances and Western Saddles as well additional rooms of exhibits depicting western life, art and fashion. The Valley Room houses the history of the Santa Ynez Valley with artifacts of the pioneer life as well as a working scale model of the train which ran through the Santa Ynez Valley. A new Exhibit called Art of the Western Saddle, highlights saddles and the people who rode in them. Opening late Spring 2020. The Museum is open to scheduled tours on Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 12-4, with consideration given to other times if available.
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Jeffrey P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
This was a fabulous experience for anyone. The staff are knowledgeable and super friendly. The collection of saddles, stagecoaches, and early motorized vehicles is amazing! A $5 donation is requested for each adult but we’ll worth it! In fact, feel free to make an extra donation. When visiting, be sure to watch the two short videos. They both enhance the experience and are well worth the few minutes. I visited on April 14, 2022 and was surprised and amazed at the entire collection. The museum has regular hours of operation on weekends but other times are available by appointment. Be sure to visit if you are ever in the area. You’ll be glad you did!
Written April 14, 2022
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William E
Los Olivos, Ca150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
The demure facade of the SYV Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House hides an astonishing collection of mudwagons, carriages, stagecoaches, surrys, and other wheeled wonders, including an early attempt at an auto crafted by the local smith. the various "Valley" rooms offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of this cowboy Shangri-La, even the old one-room jail is there. Well worth the voluntary donation, great for the whole family. Self-guided.
Written December 4, 2014
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JohnC1350
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
Few folks realize what a great museum this is. The Parks-Janeway Carriage house hosts a collection of wagons, buggies, stagecoaches and other horse drawn transportation that is the largest collection west of the Mississippi.
Written October 30, 2017
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jellybean51
Santa Clarita, CA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
Interesting look at early California history and the transportation used. We totally loved the display called Mourning Glory... dresses of women who were in mourning late 1800 - 1920's. "The ritual of mourning clothes had sever stages of dress that a widow went through". They also had jewelry, and hair art on display.
This small museum is well worth an hour or so to tour!
Written October 10, 2016
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D'Anne B
Solvang, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
This looks small but is actually quite spacious. Rooms have a wide range of artifacts from local history. The carriage museum has a fantastic selection of horse carriages and coaches. I go a couple times a year and always discover something new.
Written July 25, 2016
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Todd2PS
Greater Palm Springs, CA263 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
This is the perfect antidote to all that sugar and fake Europe in Solvang. The town is a little gem with its board and batten false fronts. The museum is a delight with a saddle and tack collection, indian baskets, and the amazing carriage collection.

You can easily spend an hour taking in the details and history of the carriages.

And, this town doesn't get the hordes of tourists that Solvang, just down the road, gets.

Furthermore, don't judge this book by it's cover, it's big inside!
Written January 6, 2015
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Niketa C
Los Angeles, CA161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
To see how travel and trade used to happen in the valley was a nice touch to our trip. All kinds of stage couches posh upscale coaches to mail carrier coaches to prisoner transport coaches to coaches that carried the dead to their final resting place. It always amazing to me to go back in time to see how we used to do things. There was a display of an old house and you could see all the appliances in the kitchen used to make Everything from scratch you travel to the living room and see the spin wheel from ladies making their families clothes from scratch. Nowadays folks can't do anything without physical or technological help. Only $4 donation to walk the museum.
Written January 3, 2015
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Pale_Rider27
Santa Ynez, CA44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Family
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, this is a lovely little local museum is also home to one of the largest collections of carriages and coaches in the U.S., along with a beautiful collection of saddles, tack and vaquero and western historical items. The carriage collection is astonishing and wonderful. This museum is often missed by visitors to the Santa Ynez Valley and that's too bad. It should be in everyone's must-visit list.
Written November 28, 2013
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Cindy S
Apache Junction, AZ100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
We've been to many county museums but we were surprised at the carriage collection. They are beautifully restored and include a popcorn wagon, pie wagon, stage coaches, and a Model T school bus (the only motorized one here).

I'm not usually fascinated by western items, but the saddles were wonderful. The hand-tooling and silver alone made this museum worth a visit.
Written July 8, 2013
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cyd k
Valley Center, CA88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
Don't miss this wonderful museum with exhibits chronicling the early pioneer history of the area. Their stage and coach exhibit was the best and most extensive I have ever seen. They have the only Model T school bus on exhibit in the US. Admission is $4.
Written July 4, 2012
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