Find out how we became America’s Riviera! Celebrate the history of our community from the Chumash to the modern day with vibrant exhibitions and compelling programs, conveniently located in the heart of historic downtown. Discover the glamorous film era, legendary Fiesta festival, and pioneering aviators who changed the world – and that’s just the twentieth century!

LATEST EXHIBITION

Great Photographers in Santa Barbara History 
Gledhill Collection, 1860-1960.  The exhibition will highlight the Museum’s collection which includes over 80,000 photos.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Connect with us! Join the Museum for lectures, performances, exhibit openings, History Happy Hour and much more!

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ON EXHIBIT

Trusted Treasures: Favorite Works of Our Trustees  Santa Barbara has enjoyed a reputation as a significant art colony since the late 19th century, which holds true in this exhibition with selections by our dedicated Board.

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WESTERN ART

Edward Borein Gallery   Visit the newly opened expansion of the Museum dedicated Edward Borein, one of the most important interpreters of the American West.  

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VISIT THE HISTORIC HOMES

After an exquisite restoration visitors are invited to experience the Fernald Mansion, one of the most significant homes in Santa Barbara history.  Contact the Museum and book your tour!

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VENUE RENTAL

Quintessential Santa Barbara. Celebrate your special occasion at this cultural landmark located in the heart the historic district.   Find out why we were voted #1 Wedding Venue by the Independent!

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