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! COMING SOON: Sacred Art in the Age of Contact. Click here for more information.
In The Saddle From Will Rogers to Ronald Reagan… Experience the vaquero culture with a fascinating display of saddles by legendary makers such as Sherman Loomis, Edward H. Bohlin, and the Visalia Stock Saddle Company. View western art by Nicholas Firfires and Edward Borein, along with authentic attire and compelling stories of the cowboy way of life.
Missions In Watercolor - In the late 1800s, painter Edwin Deakin documented the California missions in watercolor as they were falling into ruin. His efforts had a profound impact on saving the beautiful edifices before they disappeared forever. This collection is a compelling reminder of the power of art as a catalyst for change.
Visit the Museum and the Presidio! Schedule a docent-led school tour through our Story of Santa Barbara gallery and interactive exhibits. Then, enhance your experience with a visit to a nationally recognized California State Historic Park, with our friends at the Santa Barbara Trust For Historic Preservation.