Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara Historical Museum

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is one of the cultural gems of our city, a collection of more than 80,000 irreplaceable objects and artifacts of significance relating to Santa Barbara’s extraordinary past. There is no better resource for discovery of local history than this beautiful museum.

Constructed in 1965 by the Santa Barbara Historical Society, the Museum has been the primary repository of Santa Barbara’s collective cultural heritage and ethnic diversity for over three decades. A tour of the Museum enables visitors to see a wide array of unique paintings, objects, photographs, furnishings and textiles dating from the 15th century. Santa Barbara’s rich past is represented with artifacts from Chumash, Spanish, Mexican, “Yankee” and Chinese cultures.

Santa Barbara locals get to experience three to four special exhibitions a year in the rotating Sala gallery.

The Gledhill Library contains rare literary and visual documents including 70,000 historic photographs. Two early 19th century buildings, the 1817 Casa Covarrubias and the 1836 Historic Adobe are adjacent to the Museum.

The Fernald Mansion, a fourteen room Queen Anne Victorian located at 414 West Montecito Street, is currently closed for renovation.

Important Information For Visitors

Admission is free, $5 donation suggested. The Museum is open Tues.- Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 12-5pm, closed Mondays. Free guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.

The Gledhill Library is open for research Tues.-Fri.10am-4pm; First Saturday of each month, 10am-1 pm; closed weekends/Mondays.

The museum is located at 136 E. De la Guerra Street, on the corner of Santa Barbara St. and De la Guerra.

To contact the Museum:

(805) 966-1601

www.SantaBarbaraMuseum.com
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  • Not to be missed. Everything about Santa Barbara in the early days, including period pieces, dresses from the 19th century to an exhibit of art and photos by a cowboy and artist from the 20th...  more »
  • This delightful museum will amaze you with its variety of noteworthy exhibits of historical arttifacts.  more »
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  • Found a Free parking spot out front. During Old Spanish Days entry is free! A beautiful front building, walk through to the old Adobe structure. The staff very friendly 😊
  • Such a cool little museum. I was by myself the whole time. It’s not very big but it’s worth it. If you’re a student, it’s free. There’s parking in the back and you walk through a pretty courtyard to get to the front door. Great pictures that explain the history of Santa Barbara. Loved it!

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