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Trusted Treasures: Favorite Works of Our Trustees

Santa Barbara has enjoyed a reputation as a significant art colony since the late 19th century, which holds true in this exhibition with selections by our dedicated Board of Trustees.

Through Spring 2019

Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Historical Museum images in Santa Barbara, CA on August 22/23, 2011

The West-Dressed Woman: Highlights of the Costume Collection

Some of the highlights will include garments belonging to local luminaries such as Ganna Walska of Lotusland; Huguette Clark, owner of Bellosguardo; and community activist Pearl Chase.  Other fascinating, eccentric, and historical costumes from our collection will show the variety and breadth of our collection as well as the unique women who wore them.

Open through March 24

SBHM Jose De la Guerra

The Story of Santa Barbara

The Museum’s galleries showcase our extensive collection of paintings, furniture, saddles, decorative arts, and costumes that represent over 500 years of Chumash, Mexican, Spanish and American history.
Read more here.

Permanently on exhibit

"My great interest in the work of Edward Borein stems from childhood visits to his studio. It was a wonderful experience to listen to his stories about bygone days while watching him sketch a cowboy roping a steer.

This is probably one of the finest watercolors ever painted by Borein because of the quality of the draftsmanship, plus the beautiful action of the principal figures. It is my favorite." - Katherine Haley, 1988

"Since my mother's death in December 1999, the California Vaquero has been hanging in the living room at the ranch. I believe it is time that the painting has the chance to be in the public again, to carry on the legacy that my mother started over a half century ago. I hope you will all love it as much as we have." - Roger Haley, 2011

Once the centerpiece of Katherine Haley's magnificent Borein collection, this watercolor is the most recent addition to our museum, and is considered to be one of Edward Borein's finest works.

California Vaquero
John Edward Borein (American, 1872-1945)
Watercolor on paper
Museum Acquisition Fund
Through the generosity of the Friends of Edward Borein

Edward Borein Gallery

Discover one of the most significant artists in history whose accurate depictions of cowboys and ranching, vaqueros and stagecoaches, Plains and Pueblo Indians, and the California missions made an invaluable contribution to our understanding and appreciation of early Western culture. Read more here.

Permanently on exhibit