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

Henry Chapman Ford
The Museum Collection.  The beginnings of Santa Barbara as a significant art colony may be traced back to 1875 with the arrival of Henry Chapman Ford, the first artist of stature to settle here.

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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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CAPTURING THE WEST

The Artistry of Josef Muench  Join us for our latest installation celebrating a world renowned landscape photographer that called Santa Barbara home.

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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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