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Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House

3596 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460-9110
+1 805-688-7889
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wow! this is the place for some interesttng history!

great info. very informative self tour when i visited.the information plaques were extremely well... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2017
Bruce R
Wedding reception

Great location for a wedding reception! We loved the jail and carriage museum but what we loved... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2017
Carlsbad, California
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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. The Jeanette Lyons Room has a new exhibit opening March 19, 2017 called "If the Shoe Fits.... displaying footwear over the ages, from whimsical to functional.
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3596 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460-9110
+1 805-688-7889
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

great info. very informative self tour when i visited.the information plaques were extremely well done! the carriages are a very special collection of early transportation. an absolute must see... if you are anywhere in the area. stop in! the docents were very helpful, knowledgeable, happy...More

Thank Bruce R
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

Great location for a wedding reception! We loved the jail and carriage museum but what we loved most was the energy from the Spink - Rogers wedding! Great place to visit if in town but a great place to PARTY for a special occasion!

Thank db7477
Reviewed 1 March 2017

You might expect this museum to be like other small town museums, with a few pieces of Victorian furniture, a couple photos, and not much else. NOT! it's a fantastic collection of early California saddles bridles, bits and spurs, many silver-studded and better than the...More

Thank barbgal
Reviewed 10 October 2016

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...More

1  Thank jellybean51
Reviewed 25 July 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.

1  Thank SolvangDee
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This little museum was great to check out for an hour in the middle of the day. There are some great stuffed animals of the region (mountain lion, eagle and lots more!) Plus you're close to really see how big they are, with those huge...More

Thank MarianneCa
Reviewed 13 March 2016

Even though we have been to Solvang-Santa Ynez several times, we had missed this attraction in the quaint old town area of Santa Ynez north of CA 246. Many unique Western artifacts, several buildings, including stage coaches, wagons, and the original jail around the original...More

Thank WestSideKid
Reviewed 4 March 2016

Very nice exhibits. Lots of horse stuff - saddles etc. The carriage museum is outstanding - all types of carriages - from small to large - many restored to close to original condition. Small model railroad showing the narrow gauge that ran to Santa Ynez...More

Thank travelsbyrail
Reviewed 12 August 2015

My husband and I actually live in the area of the museum, but had never been. Upon arrival we were captivated by the gorgeous, native plant and wildflower garden in front. Having not called ahead of time, we discovered that the museum is only open...More

Thank RacheAndSteve
Reviewed 19 July 2015

Current special exhibit is Samurai armor, which I found fascinating. Would have been better with more explanation of what was being exhibited - how things are made, used, preserved, restored. The carriage house has (as the name suggests) - horse-drawn carriages. The one motorized vehicle...More

Thank Cindy S
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