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Missions In Watercolor by Edwin Deakin

In the late 1800s, painter Edwin Deakin documented the California missions in watercolor as they were falling into ruin. His efforts had a profound impact on saving the beautiful edifices before they disappeared forever. This collection is a compelling reminder of the power of art as a catalyst for change.  Read more here.

Through June 

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Project Fiesta
Open through September

In celebration of the over 90 years of Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, the Museum invites the community to explore our spectacular exhibition, Project Fiesta! Discover the origins and experience the pageantry, fashion and traditions of this most cherished cultural festival through displays of beautiful restored costumes, posters, artwork, artifacts and historical photos.

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