Santa Barbara Museums & History

Santa Barbara Museums & HistoryEmbark on a cultural excursion in Santa Barbara. Visit art and history museums that will inspire, entertain and educate anyone with an interest in California history. Our list is your guide to an historical and cultural adventure.

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Ahoy mates! The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum celebrates California’s maritime history. Come navigate across an 8,000-square-foot museum to see ships, including the flagship Ranger, a 42-foot classic big-game fishing yacht, watch surfing documentaries at the Munger Theater and sail into the museum store to catch some memorable souvenirs!

Address: 113 Harbor Way # 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 - MAP
Phone: (805) 962-8404

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Stargazers look up to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Explore a planetarium with a Space Lab, Magic Planet with meteorites and cool interactive astrological shows. Visit the nature exhibits to learn about mammals, fowl, reptiles, plant life and the geology of the Pacific Coastal and Channel Islands.

Address: 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - MAP
Phone: (805) 682-4711

Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Take a step back in time at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Learn about the city’s heritage from the native Chumash Indians to the Spanish settlers to near present day. Explore permanent and traveling exhibitions and special events that share the city’s distinctive story. Visit the on-site Gledhill Library to view a wealth of historical and cultural artifacts.

Phone: (805) 966-1601

Santa Barbara Royal Presidio
Ten-hut! The El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park houses the Santa Barbara Royal Presidio, one of four in the chain of military fortresses built by the Spanish in 1782 to protect the Spanish missions and settlers. Visit the historic park to walk in their shoes and experience the life and times of these early governments and communities.

Address: 136 East De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 - MAP
Phone: (805) 965-0093

Casa del Herrero
Casa del Herrero welcomes home and garden lovers to see this legendary estate built in 1925. The rambling 11 acre estate is today, as it was in its heyday, a magnificent example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Along with its stylish furnishings and lush gardens, this house museum easily rivals any astonishing home on the covers of Architectural Digest.

Address: 1387 East Valley Road, Montecito, CA 93108 - MAP
Phone: (805) 565-5653

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Enjoy the arts at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. See nationally recognized collections of American, Asian and European art through ancient to contemporary works in paintings, drawings and photography. Popular past exhibits have included Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experience 1910-2012. Plan to visit the Museum Café to enjoy coffee and chatter about your artful adventure.

Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 - MAP
Phone: (805) 963-4364