Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Santa Barbara, United States


  • 136 East De la Guerra
  • Santa Barbara
  • California
  • CA 93101
  • United States

Opening times

Tues-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 12pm-5pm
Closed Monday & Holidays


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Completed in 1964, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum has emerged as an essential landmark for the preservation and celebration of Santa Barbara’s regional history.

As one of the oldest cultural institutions in Santa Barbara, SBHM is home to the vast archival collection of documents and artifacts within our Gledhill Library and collections vault.

Our rotating exhibits in the Sala Gallery feature dynamic elements of Santa Barbara’s local traditions, art, and historical events, while our permanent gallery “The Story of Santa Barbara” traces the development of Santa Barbara’s history from the Chumash to the mid 20th century.

The Museum’s stunning courtyards evoke the romance of early Spanish California, located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s historic district.

Two historic adobes are preserved in the Museum’s lower courtyard, with the Casa Covarrubias adobe dating to 1817 and the Historic Adobe to 1836.