3055 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone: (805) 687-6636
Fax: (805) 682-6750
Arts & Museums
One of the most beautiful small museums in the United States, this museum presents exhibits on the region's history, geology, natural wildlife, marine life, and the culture of the Chumash Indians. Highlights include a 72 foot blue whale skeleton, the region's only public planetarium and observatory, and a science gift shop.
Artwork spanning 19th and the 20th centuries is on display at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, in addition to contemporary work. Antiquarian artifacts made of wood, ceramic and stone and sculptures are a rich treasure preserved here. The museum's store has exclusive pictures and merchandise, and the Fresco Museum Cafe is offers light snacks during museum hours.
Casa Dolores is a Santa Barbara art museum dedicated to collection and conservation of Mexican arts. Housed in the Botiller Adobe house that was built in 1843, the museum allows free access to the public.
Established in 1976, Museum of Contemporary Arts Santa Barbara (MCASB) was formerly known as the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF). It commenced with low funding, supported by artist groups, but grew over the years to become one of the top contemporary art exhibition centers. There are exhibitions and programs for every age group and free of charge. It showcases contemporary art, architecture, space planning and design of the regions between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It also provides facilities to host private meetings and parties.
The monumental Santa Barbara Historical Museum stands as one among the finest and enthralling museums in the region of California. Started in 1932, this museum chronicles, displays and educates about the history from varied avenues and periods ranging from Spanish to American. For more information, please check the website.
A unique museum which contains a collection of over 75 vehicles used by early pioneers. This museum places several carriages in the Fiesta Parade each August.
Learn about the history of maritime in a fun and interesting way! This museum has fantastic traditional and interactive exhibits about the history and future of the ocean. The Boat Model Gallery and the Survival at Sea exhibit can't be missed!
The Ty Warner Sea Center on Stearns Wharf is an educational marine museum in Santa Barbara. It has something for every member of the family. The hands-on exhibits show various aspects of the marine-life and its conservation. Visitors can undertake several experiments on their own and several child-friendly science and nature programmes will surely educate the kids. Check website for more details.
The Painted Cave is a state historic park that is known for its intricate rock carvings by the Chumash Native Americans. The sandstone cave walls are decked with many etched drawings that range from 200 to 1000 years. Though the exact time frame is not known, these ancient artworks have given the cave a place in the National Register of Historical Places since 1972. The cave is guarded by a heavy iron gate and to reach the cavern one has to climb a steep pathway.
Located beside Lake Los Carneros, the Stow House is a gorgeous historic home built in 1871. It has a Carpenter Gothic style of architecture and was previously used as a residence by the Stows. The beautiful home now house the Goleta Historical Society and is open to visitors. A stroll in this house will tell you the story and lifestyle of Stow family.
Focusing on the history and technology of railroads, the South Coast Railroad Museum is a great adventurous historic museum. The Goleta Depot is the heart of the museum, it is a country railroad stationhouse. The railroad is a key historical beauty of the museum in the life across America. The Goleta Depot is also listed on the register of National Historic Places. There are several other programs conducted here along with a ride overland trail vintage rail car, image galleries are found too. One can also view the trees and plants of the museum grounds.