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Santa Barbara Museums and Galleries

Carriage and Western Arts Museum of Santa Barbara 
129 Castillo St, Santa Barbara
(805) 962-2353
A fascinating look at the Western World with carriages, saddles worn by the likes of Will Rogers, Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart and others. Visitors also enjoy the collection of wagons including mud wagons, army wagons, circus wagons, and more. 

Elverhoj Museum of History and Art 
1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang
(805) 686-1211
The mission of the Elverhoj Museum is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the history and Danish culture of Solvang and to promote the arts. The museum is the former residence of one of Solvang's most artistic families and is now devoted to the history of Solvang, the Danish-American pioneer spirit, the colorful heritage of Denmark, and the arts.

Lompoc Museum 
200 South H St, Lompoc
(805) 736-388
The museum, built in 1911, started out as a Carnegie Library, serving the community until 1968. The museum focuses on the archeology and history of the Lompoc Valley and Santa Barbara County. 

Parks-Janeway Carriage House
3596 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez
(805) 688-7889
The Carriage House is renowned as one of the finest, authentic carriage collections of its kind in the United States. It displays more than 36 carriages including a variety of wagons, carts, stagecoaches, and other historical modes of horse-drawn transportation as well as display of saddlery including Visalia and Bohlin saddles, bridles, harnesses, and other tack. 

Santa Barbara Historical Museum 
136 E De la Guerra St, Santa Barbara
(805) 966-1601
The Museum, constructed in 1965 by the Santa Barbara Historical Society which was founded in 1932, has spent over three decades exhibiting the city’s artistic and cultural heritage. Touring the Historical Museum enables visitors to see a wide array of unique artifacts, photographs, furnishings and textiles dating from the 15th century. Admission: Free, donations appreciated. Museum Hours: Tues–Sat 10:00am to 5:00pm, Sun noon to 5:00pm, closed Mon. 

Santa Ynez Historical Museum 
3596 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez
(805) 688-7889
The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society and its History Museum were organized in 1961 by a group of dedicated Valley residents who recognized the need to preserve and to celebrate the local history of the Santa Ynez Valley. Exhibits include the Native American Room, the Museum Gift Shop, the Pioneer Room, the Jeannette Lyons Costume Room, the Valley Room and the Ellen Gleason Library that houses the museum book and archive collection.

Westmont College Carroll Observatory 
955 La Paz Rd, Santa Barbara
(805) 565-7015
The high-tech telescope is the most powerful one between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Westmont’s Keck Telescope has confirmed the existence of a supernova. Westmont’s Carroll observatory is open to the college community and to the general public. Call for more information. 

Wilding Art Museum
2329 Jonata, Los Olivos
(805) 688-1082
The Wilding Art Museum celebrates our nation's wild places as seen through the eyes of its finest painters, printmakers, photographers, and sculptors. Since its inception in 1997, the Wilding Art Museum has become a vital part of the cultural landscape of Santa Barbara County. The museum has attained national recognition for its exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. 

(see additional museums listed in “Local Attractions”)