Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 E. De la Guerra Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101

(805) 966-1601 (Phone)   |   (805) 966-1603 (Fax)
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   The Museum represents ALL of Santa Barbara's history and should serve as a "first stop" for visitors interested in a beautiful introduction to the city's rich cultural heritage.
    The Museum is headquartered in its 25,000 square-foot adobe building in downtown Santa Barbara. Here are housed the museum galleries featuring the signature exhibition, The Story of Santa Barbara, which traces the evolution of the region from the days of the Chumash into the 21st century. In addition, the Sala Gallery offers changing exhibitions four to five times annually.
    The Museum holds in public trust over 80,000 irreplaceable historic artifacts including paintings, drawings, furniture, saddles, decorative arts, and one of the largest costume collections west of the Mississippi. The Gledhill Library counts over 5,000 books, over 70,000 photographs as well as maps, newspaper volumes, government documents, private papers, and oral histories among its collections.
    The Historical Museum operates two historic house museums: The Hon. Charles Fernald Mansion (c.1865), the exquisite Queen Anne Victorian home of one of the city’s most prominent historical figures and the neighboring Trussell-Winchester Adobe (1854) with its period furnishings. The Museum also owns and has seen to the preservation of the Covarrubias Adobe (1817), one of the oldest buildings in Santa Barbara, and the Historic Adobe (1854), both adjacent to the downtown museum building. The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is almost eighty years old, yet its mission remains much the same. It is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the material culture of the Santa Barbara region in all its diversity; to educating through lectures, tours, and in the classroom; and to encouraging research, scholarship, and publication on the history of the Santa Barbara community. History can guide and inspire our actions, a tool with which we can build a better tomorrow. It is that belief which informs the Museum’s motto, “Upon the foundation of the past, we build a future worth remembering.”
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Business Hours:
    10 - 5PM (Tue-Sat); 12-5 (Sun); Closed Monday
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    Cash,   Check,   MasterCard,   Visa,  
Languages Spoken:
    English,   Spanish,  
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    Historical Museum

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Average Visit:
    1 hour
    During normal business hours.
    Indoor/Outdoor Location
Parking On-Site?
Handicapped Accessible?
Cell Phones & Pagers?
    Some restrictions
Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Some restrictions
Pets Allowed?
Guided Tours?
Gift Certificates?
    Available for Sale
Classes Offered?
 Recent Buzzes!!
3/22/15 - Save the date! Artists of the Meridian, By historian Hattie Beresford -- 4/09
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Designed by George Washington Smith and Carleton Monroe Winslow in the 1920’s, the enchanting Meridian Studios on De la Guerra Street has drawn more than its share of incredible artists. And no wonder; not only was the architectural concept of north-facing studios with living lofts appealing, but “meridian” signifies the point of highest development, the peak or zenith of one’s profession. Between 1922 and 1977, some 19 artists lived and/or worked at the Meridian as they strove to reach the apex of their careers. You are invited to hear their fascinating stories, and that of the studio itself. For a time, artists such as Spirit of the Ocean sculptor Ettore Cadorin; a homeless Huguette Clark; deaf cowboy artist Joe De Yong; portraitist Edith Catlin Phelps, the incredible Adele Herter, and ill-fated muralist Gordon Kenneth Grant found inspiration at the studios. Come hear their stories and those of a host of others who tarried for a while in the beguiling ambiance of the Meridian Studios. Reservations required. $20 Members/ $25 Guests
3/4/15 - Save the Date! "Cellar Series" Lost and Found - The Fashion of Beer Over Time -- 3/26
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Certified Cicerone Zachary Rosen will be hosting Lost and Found: The Fashion of Beer Over Time. Guests will be taken on a tasting tour through the history of beer. Learn how certain beer styles were lost in time and which ones have been rediscovered. Follow the history of beer from its origins in the Middle East to its technological contributions during the Industrial Revolution and the rise of American craft beer. This intriguing evening of beer and history will include samples paired with food.
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