Santa Barbara County Museums & Venues
  • Casa De La Guerra - Santa Barbara

    This adobe residence was constructed between 1818 and 1828 by Josè de la Guerra, the fifth comandante of the Presidio. In addition to his military post, de la Guerra ran an active commercial trade enterprise and served as a patriarch for the community. His home was the social, political, and cultural center of Santa Barbara during the Mexican period. Descendants of Josè continued to occupy the building until 1943, when the Casa was fully incorporated into the El Paseo complex. In the 1990s, SBTHP restored the building to its appearance between 1828 and 1858. The adobe is now a museum, containing exhibits on the history of the de la Guerra family and the building, furnished period rooms, and rotating exhibits on Santa Barbara and Early California history. Note to public in general: Free admission to El Presidio de Santa Barbara with purchase of admission to Casa de la Guerra
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  • Dunes Center- Guadalupe-Nipomo - Guadalupe

    Located in Guadalupe, CA, the Dunes Center is a nonprofit, natural history museum and information center that serves the public with environmental education programming. The Dunes Center includes artifacts from the local ecosystem, Cecil B. DeMille's buried 1923 The Ten Commandments, and other historical events. The organization also hosts community hikes, events, and art shows. For more information, visit www.dunescenter.org.
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  • El Presidio De Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara

    Founded April 21, 1782, the Santa Barbara Royal Presidio was the last in a chain of four military fortresses built by the Spanish along the coast of Alta California, then a wilderness frontier. Others had been established at San Diego, San Francisco and Monterey. Padre Junípero Serra, well known for his leadership in founding the California missions, blessed the site of the Santa Barbara Presidio four years prior to the establishment of the Mission of Santa Barbara in 1786. El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park encompasses much of the original Presidio site and is located in modern downtown Santa Barbara at the intersection of Santa Barbara and East Canon Perdido Streets. Reconstructed and historic adobe structures comprising of much of the north section of the Presidio are available to tour. Note to public in general: Free admission to Casa de la Guerra with purchase of admission to El Presidio de Santa Barbara
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  • Rancho La Patera & Stow House - Goleta

    Goleta Valley Historical Society invites you to explore this treasured landmark from the golden age of California ranching. Visitors of all ages can experience the beautiful historic ranch (1873) by walking through the gardens, taking a guided tour of the Stow House, getting an overview in the Visitor Interpretive Center, and enjoying hands-on exhibits in the Cavalletto History Education Center.
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  • Santa Barbara Historical Museum - Santa Barbara

    One of the cultural gems of our city, explore our collection of irreplaceable objects and artifacts of Santa Barbara's extra-ordinary past. There is no better resource for discovery of local history than this beautiful museum. The primary repository of Santa Barbara’s collective cultural heritage and ethnic diversity for nearly 80 years, a tour enables visitors to see a wide array of unique paintings, objects, photographs, furnishings and textiles dating from the 15th century. Santa Barbara’s rich past is represented with artifacts from Chumash, Spanish, Mexican, "Yankee" and Chinese cultures. The Museum also features exquisite seasonal exhibitions in the Sala Gallery.
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  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum - Santa Barbara

    The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum features hands-on exhibits for all ages. Exhibits include: 18-foot tall First-Order Fresnel Lighthouse Lens from Point Conception, a Chumash tomol, shipwrecks including the largest U.S. Navy disaster during peacetime, commercial diving, fishing, surfing, a working periscope, Loughhead F-1 Seaplane and more. There is a wonderful interactive Children’s Gallery and a large screen theater featuring five films daily.
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