Museum Store

The Museum Store offers a variety of thought provoking and beautiful items that highlight our city's rich heritage: hard-to-find books, historic images, jewelry made by local artists, educational books and vintage toys for children, museum and exhibition publications, as well as unique gifts.

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CURRENT PUBLICATIONS

Spanish Colonial Style

The Museum’s latest major publication celebrates the best of Santa Barbara’s much loved signature style.  It tells the story of architects James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig, early proponents of an extraordinary tradition in architecture whose hallmarks include whitewashed stucco and plaster walls, wood-beamed ceilings, dramatic fireplaces, and, above all, mystery and romance.  The Craigs were early proponents of the welcoming style, influential disseminators of it and were masters of the form.

Until now, the Craigs’ work has been largely under appreciated and little seen. Osborne’s career spanned the years 1915-1922; Mary’s followed, 1923-1956.  During this period the Craigs played a pivotal role in the development of the Spanish Colonial Revival and other styles of architecture in Santa Barbara, with the influence of their work spreading well beyond local boundaries.  He hailed from Scotland, she from South Dakota.  Neither had formal architectural degrees, yet they both forged significant architectural legacies, while forming close alliances with some of the most pivotal American figures of the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to shining a long overdue spotlight on the rich career of these tremendously influential architects, the book also heralds Santa Barbara as the small city of international importance that it became during the Craigs’ lifetimes.

The book was written by the Craigs' granddaughter Pamela Skewes-Cox and architectural historian Robert Sweeney, and was published by Rizzoli.

Historic Santa Barbara

The Museum's hard-cover book illustrates the history of Santa Barbara from the original inhabitants, the Chumash, through the devastating Jesusita fire of 2009. The second half of the book profiles many Santa Barbara businesses, churches and non-profits. Authored by Neal Graffy. Cover image by Richard Schloss, courtesy of Helene & Jerry Beaver.

Anne & Michael Towbes Museum Store
Anne & Michael Towbes Museum Store

My Santa Barbara Scrapbook: Elizabeth Eaton Burton

Elizabeth Eaton Burton's pioneering work in the Arts and Crafts world raised her to national prominence in the early 1900s. An eclectic look at life, culture, and art at the turn of the 20th century, her memoir, My Santa Barbara Scrap Book, is an engaging narrative that transports the reader to Santa Barbara's past. Augmented with historical photos from the collections of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and elsewhere, the book also includes explanatory sidebars and many never-before-published color images of her incredible work in leather, shell, and metal as well as her later work in watercolor and woodblock prints. Authored by local historian Hattie Beresford and Director of Research Michael Redmon.

Noticias

Since 1955, readers have enjoyed exploring the rich heritage of Santa Barbara County through the pages of the Museum's journal, Noticias. From the era of the Native American Chumash to our own 21st century, the key issues, watershed events and colorful personalities of our community's history come alive through vivid writing and vintage photography.

Above Santa Barbara

The Museum is pleased to present Above Santa Barbara, an aerial journey through captivating Santa Barbara which reveals never-seen-before views of the county's breathtaking landscape and coastline. Engaging narration highlighting the region's history and a sublime original music score enhance the Above Santa Barbara experience. View footage or purchase a downloadable version.