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Santa Barbara Historical Museum

  • (805) 966-1601
  • 136 East De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA


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A collection of 80,000+ irreplaceable objects & artifacts relating to SB’s extraordinary past.

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.

Admission is free. The Museum is open Tues.- Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 12-5pm, closed Mondays.

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

The SBHM offers educational programs at the Museum and outreach in the community. To make reservations for your group program or tour, please contact our Education Department at (805) 966-1601 ext 108 or e-mail


Evoke the romance of early Spanish California by celebrating your wedding or special occasion on the grounds of this cultural landmark located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s historic district. Enjoy the ambience of two private, interconnected courtyards distinguished by native and exotic landscaping and accented with splashing fountains.

July 29, 2015

This is one of my favorite Santa Barbara museums. A lot of interesting and informative facts about how Santa Barbara was founded and its communities with pictures, artifacts, memorabilia and an art gallery. My children always loved to see the Chinese artifacts and would trip out on the little binding shoes.
Its a must see museum plus its a beautiful building.

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