The Story of Santa Barbara

[PERMANENT EXHIBIT] We invite you to experience the Museum’s signature permanent exhibit, The Story of Santa Barbara. Stroll through exquisite galleries … READ MORE

Saint Barbara Legend

According to tradition, Barbara lived in Asia Minor in the third century CE, daughter of a prominent Roman citizen. Converting … READ MORE

Spanish Settlement

The first Europeans to settle in this region were the Spanish with the founding of the Santa Barbara Presidio in … READ MORE

The Arts Movement

Beginning in the last quarter of the 19th century, Santa Barbara developed into the most important art colony between San … READ MORE

A New Century

Santa Barbara became the center of the movie-making world when the Chicago-based American Film Manufacturing Company opened the largest production … READ MORE

De la Guerra Family

Spanish native Don José de la Guerra y Noriega (1779-1858) was the founding patriarch of the family in this country. … READ MORE