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!
Designing America: Spain's Imprint in the U.S. This landmark exhibition offers a view of Spain's extensive contribution to configuring the territory, landscape and cities of the U.S. The exhibit explores the historic, political and cultural events that took place throughout the five hundred years of shared history between the United States and Spain: a footprint still visible on North American soil.
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.