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Santa Barbara Historical Museum

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Address: 136 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2205
Phone Number: +1 805-966-1601
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is located in the heart of downtown...

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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Like other reviewers we stumbled on this Museum as we walked around this area of downtown Santa Barbara. It was a great find. As others have also noted we were there alone which... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 October 2016
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Taree, Australia
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Taree, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Like other reviewers we stumbled on this Museum as we walked around this area of downtown Santa Barbara. It was a great find. As others have also noted we were there alone which was wonderful but also kind of a shame because it is such a great small museum. Every exhibit was really interesting which is a bit unusual in... More 

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Allentown/Lehigh Valley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Sort of stumbled on this place. Very sophisticated, interesting and intimate museum on the history of the city through various periods.with a widede variety of artifacts and photos, A great introduction to the area.

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Welwyn Garden City, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

This museum has got to be a must on any visit to Santa Barbara. It provides a history of the town from its early days. The exhibits and photograph displays with detailed descriptions mean that a visitor could spend 2 or 3 hours going round it. When I went I was alone which was a pity because there is so... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

A small a d building that is part of the historic district of Santa Barbara. they have a standing exhibition of hisotrical art and other materials and a changing space that can present novelties that bring the area to light.

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Thank Anabel-2013
Manasquan, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

This small museum contains an excellent collection of artifacts from Santa Barbara's past. There are also some rotating exhibits that will keep your interest. There is no entry fee; but donations are appreciated. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. The Presidio is within a short walk.

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Thank Joseph L
Carlsbad, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

This museum is pretty interesting. It's neat to learn more about Santa Barbara's history. My friend and I went on a night where the whole of the city has different events going on. The museum was almost empty except for us. We got to slowly go through and read each of the information plates. There was no entry fee when... More 

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Newark, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed all the different times and histories represented at the museum. I think there could be more but those displays available were quite good. The museum does not charge to get in but takes donations. Donate! It makes them able to do more. If like to see more prehistoric displays there and perhaps more interactive things.

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Thank Michael P
Ventura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

This is a wonderful collection of artifacts and memorabilia important to the history of Santa Barbara and its environs. The displays emphasize the importance of many early settlers and developers of the city, and include documents and maps depicting the city's growth. A well done display of photos of literary and entertainment luminaries showing their Santa Barbara connections is a... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

SB Historical Museum was the choice of grandchildren wanting to learn more about the area. One was taking Flat Stanley on a journey of past Santa Barbara. We took many pictures for his report with Stanley in all of them.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

This beautiful Spanish villa style building is full of great artwork and interesting artifacts. It is free but suggest a donation so overall it's a good value:) I would definitely recommend it to any art or history lovers or anyone looking for a educational way to spend 30min-1hr.

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