Museum Events

History at your Home!
Join us for these free Zoom talks about local history.  Presentations are streamed on Facebook Live and recorded.

History Happy Hour at the Museum
Join us for lively talks about local history (with wine!).

Watch past talks on TVSB or online HERE.

The Historic Lobero Theatre

Join us for a talk by Brett Hodges

Wednesday, April 17
5:30 PM
Location:  Museum

It was a red-letter day in the history of Santa Barbara when the new Lobero Theatre opened in August 1924. Designed by two of the community's most notable architects, George Washington Smith and Lutah Maria Riggs, the theatre's design furthered the move to give the city's downtown a unified architectural look using variants of the Spanish Colonial revival style.

The Lobero soon became a centerpiece of the city's vibrant cultural life offering theater, concerts and other entertainment. Launching the inauguration of the theater was the city's first Old Spanish Days Fiesta which has become Santa Barbara's largest civic celebration. Today, the Lobero remains at the heart of Santa Barbara's rich cultural heritage.

Reservation required. Click here.

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Champagne and Evening Wear!

Join us after hours

Thursday, April 18
5:30-7:00 PM
Location:  Museum

An after-hours opportunity to visit our exhibitions in the final week of Seasonal Soirees: Evening Couture 1880-1980 and Pop-Up History with champagne and guitar music.  Free entry, no reservation needed.

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Peña Flamenca

Join us after hours

Friday, April 19
7-8:30 PM
Location:  Museum Courtyard

Join us for lively, improvisational flamenco at Santa Barbara Historical Museum as part of Flamenco! Santa Barbara's music education program. Dancers of all ages, flamenco enthusiasts and anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of the art form will enjoy this casual event.

Artists leading this experience include artistic director Maria Bermudez, award winning Manuel Gutierrez who has headlined flamenco festivals throughout the world with guitarist Andres Vadin whose worldwide career includes collaborations on Latin Grammy-nominated albums.

To participate or attend as an audience member, click here.

Maria Bermudez Dance School Peña Flamenca with Manuel Gutierrez. November 7, 2023. Covarrubias Adobe, Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Photo: ©2023 Isaac Hernández de Lipa/

1st Thursday

Join us after hours

Thursday, May 2
5-8:00 PM
Location:  Museum

Enjoy access after hours with wine and music while you explore our galleries, including our latest exhibitions.
Free. No RSVP required.

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Here Comes The Sun

Join us for a community celebration

Thursday, May 2
5:30 pm

We'll be opening an exhibition honoring fifty years of Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration.

The community is invited to attend.

Members are requested to kindly email to RSVP.


LIVE Art & Wine Tour

Join Downtown Santa Barbara 

Thursday, May 16
5:30-9:30 PM
Location:  Museum

Calling all food and wine enthusiasts for an extraordinary culinary and artistic adventure in the heart of downtown.

With more than 30 top-notch restaurants, wineries, and breweries, this is the premier event in Downtown Santa Barbara that you won't want to miss! Enjoy the best bites, sips, and entertainment that the city has to offer. Join us for a delightful evening of culinary delights, culture, fine wines, and an experience you won't forget.  Celebration begins and ends at the Museum.

Tickets and information are here.