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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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A Charming small museum

The Boss & I like the smaller museums. As they do not overwhelm one and usually are more friendly... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
David L
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Pasadena, California
Wow! A Gem to Discover!

What a wonderful place to see historical artifacts and learn about the area. The current display... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
5Kenners
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Frankfort, Kentucky
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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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136 E de La Guerra St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2205
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

The Boss & I like the smaller museums. As they do not overwhelm one and usually are more friendly to folks. This fine establishment is a classic example of what I say above. In that is huge in scape about the historical data and impact...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

What a wonderful place to see historical artifacts and learn about the area. The current display on the Japanese internment camps in the area was sobering. Such a sad part of our US history.

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

See how Santa Barbara became Santa Barbara in this lovely museum. It’s FREE (altho a donation would be nice). It’s fun. It’s family friendly. And it’s centrally located near State Street downtown. Combine with a stroll around the nearby Presidio site where the town began....More

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Not too big in size but huge in historical data and impact of the Santa Barbara area. Extremely well laid out and very informative in detail. The saddle exhibition show was amazing! Enjoy.

1  Thank David B L
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

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

1  Thank 1Barb65
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Reviewed 18 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

2  Thank maileann
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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.

3  Thank SoonerSteve
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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

2  Thank lxjuarez
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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.

1  Thank LovesRestaurants2014
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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.

1  Thank MRS B F
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