Museum Events, History Happy Hour & More!


History at your Home!
Join us for these free fun at-home talks about local history.  Talks are streamed on Facebook Live and recorded. Watch past talks HERE.

History Happy Hour at the Museum!
Join us as we also begin lectures back at the Museum.  Seating will be in our lovely courtyard with wine and cheese.

Edward Borein and His Circle of Friends

Wednesday, September 22
5:30-7:00 pm

Join us for an opportunity to view the exhibition and to toast the opening of Borein and His Circle of Friends!

Reservation required, click HERE.

Edward Borein: A Response to His Art

A TALK by Michael R. Grauer
Wednesday, September 29
5:00 PM

To complement the exhibition, Borein and His Circle of Friends and forthcoming book, Edward Borein, Etched in the West, Michael R. Grauer will give a presentation on his view of the legendary cowboy artist.
Michael R. Grauer is the McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture and Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Registration Required, Click HERE

Etched by the West, the Life and Art of Edward Borein

By Byron Price
Wednesday, October 20
5:30 PM
Location:  Museum Courtyard

The life and art of famed Western artist Edward Borein (1872-1945) is the subject of our new book by B. Byron Price, one of the foremost scholars of the art of the American West.   The first scholarly treatment of the artist, includes more than 400 images, many never before published. Together with an introductory essay by Michael Grauer, Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the book describes Borein’s path from itinerant vaquero to successful illustrator to revered recorder and interpreter of the vanishing West.

Byron Price, recently retired as Director of the University of Oklahoma’s Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West, has woven hundreds of little-known details of Borein’s experiences in his native California as well as in Mexico and New York into a fascinating history, and an appreciation of the artist’s abilities in several mediums, especially as an etcher.

Reservation Required. Click HERE.

Edward Borein’s Artist Friends in Santa Barbara

A TALK by Jeremy Tessmer
Wednesday, November 10
5:30 PM
Location: Museum Courtyard

To complement the Borein and His Circle of Friends exhibition Jeremy Tessmer will speak about the artist and his many friends from the Santa Barbara years, among them Colin Campbell Cooper, Frank Morley Fletcher, John Gamble, Alexander Harmer, Childe Hassam, Albert Herter, Clarence Mattei, Thomas Moran, William Louis Otte, DeWitt and Douglass Parshall, and Alexis Podchernikoff.

Jeremy is an art historian and gallery director at Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery in Santa Barbara.

Reservation Required, Click HERE.

Registration is required for all talks.  For more details or to propose a topic or speaker, contact


Borein and His Circle of Friends


In celebration of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum’s much anticipated book, Edward Borein: Etched in the West, the Museum is hosting a special exhibition that pays tribute to one of Santa Barbara’s most important artists, John Edward Borein, and his many artist friends.

The exhibition is created and organized by Marlene R. Miller, curator of the Edward Borein Gallery at Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

The exhibition will be open September 22, 2021 - January 22, 2022.


Huguette Clark


The Bellosguardo Foundation pleased to announce the first exhibition of Huguette Clark's artwork since 1929 at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.  Trained by renowned portraitist Tadé Styka, Mrs. Clark built a deep body of work throughout her long life. This exhibition reveals that work to the public for the first time in almost one hundred years.

Mrs. Clark painted throughout her time in Santa Barbara, utilizing Meridian Studios on East De la Guerra Street, next to the Historical Museum.

The exhibition will open in February 2022.

A self-portrait by Huguette Clark.

Lockwood de Forest


In honor of Kathleen and Oswald Da Ros, the Historical Museum will share a collection of paintings by Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) given to the Museum by the couple.

Lockwood de Forest was a successful landscapist and also an acclaimed interior designer, known for his furniture with Middle Eastern and Indian influences.  A prodigious traveler, he eventually settled in Santa Barbara in 1919 where he lived out the rest of his life.  De Forest received formal training in Rome and was heavily influenced by the Hudson River School of painting.

The exhibition will open in February, 2022.

Lockwood de Forest