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Visit the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Find out how we became America’s Riviera! Celebrate the history of our community from the Chumash to the modern day with vibrant exhibitions and compelling programs, conveniently located in the heart of historic downtown. Discover the glamorous film era, legendary Fiesta festival, and pioneering aviators who changed the world – and that’s just the twentieth century!

CURRENT EXHIBIT

Designing America: Spain's Imprint in the U.S. This landmark exhibition offers a view of Spain's extensive contribution to configuring the territory, landscape and cities of the U.S. The exhibit explores the historic, political and cultural events that took place throughout the five hundred years of shared history between the United States and Spain: a footprint still visible on North American soil.

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SHOP THE MUSEUM

Shop local this year.  Support your Museum and buy choose from our selection of local history favorites, books, cards, jewelry, posters, educational toys and much more!

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PERMANENT EXHIBIT

The Story of Santa Barbara... Stroll through exquisite galleries which trace the compelling history of "The American Riviera" from the days of the Chumash to the twentieth century.

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NEW KIDS & FAMILY FUN

Santa Barbara history for all ages!  Visit our family friendly museum and check out our new interactive exhibit, The Haunted Mirror. Ring a doorbell to the past and you'll meet "ghosts" who will tell stories about their life in Santa Barbara over a hundred years ago.

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SCHOOL TOURS

Visit the Museum and the Presidio!  Schedule a docent-led school tour through our Story of Santa Barbara gallery and interactive exhibits. Then, enhance your experience with a visit to a nationally recognized California State Historic Park, with our friends at the Santa Barbara Trust For Historic Preservation.

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VENUE RENTAL

Quintessential Santa Barbara style.  Celebrate your wedding or special occasion at this cultural landmark located in the heart the historic district. The romance of Spain is alive in our two private, interconnected courtyards and historic adobes.

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