Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara CA, 93101
Tues-Sat 11:00am-5:00pm, Fri 11:00am-9:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, one of southern California's finest art museums, features nationally recognized collections and special exhibitions of international importance. Highlights of the museum's remarkable permanent collection include antiquities; 19th century French, British, and American art; 20th century and contemporary European, North American and Latin American art; Asian art; photography, and works on paper. Recent special exhibitions of significance include Nam June Paik: Video Art Pioneer, Copy Work: The Dictionary Pages and Other Diversions by Gilles Barbier, and The Jefferson Suites: An Audio-Visual Installation by Carrie Mae Weems. Museum visitors will also enjoy the interactive children's gallery, the café and the Museum Store.
Los Carneros County Park
Los Carneros Rd. at Calle Real
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
1100 Anacapa St. at Anapamu St.
Mon-Fri 8 AM to 5 PM
Sat & Sun 9 AM to 5 PM
Tours Mon- Sat at 2 PM, & Fri 10:30 AM and 2PM
Free hour-long guided tours are offered.
Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a magnificent Spanish-Moorish structure is one of the most photographed landmarks in the city. Completed in 1929 (fortuitously just before the stock market crash), the ornate structure features hand painted ceilings, a spiral staircase, wrought iron chandeliers, imported tiles, carved doors and beautiful historical murals.
Santa Barbara Harbor and Breakwater
Cabrillo Blvd. west of Castillo St.
You'll find everything from rowboats to expensive yachts tied up at the harbor, which is nestled inside a protective breakwater. Watch the boats come in, observe windsurfers offshore, browse the shops or visit one of the harbor's restaurants. The breakwater, constructed in 1924, is paved and wide enough to accommodate a whole family. At the east end of the harbor is Sea Landing, where the seagoing Condor departs for seasonal whale-watching excursions.
Santa Barbara Historical Society/Museum
136 E. De La Guerra
Santa Barbara CA, 93101
Tues-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-4:00pm
Guided tour offered Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM.
Admission Free, but a donation is appreciated.
Art, textiles, furniture, clothing and other artifacts from Santa Barbara's rich multicultural past have been preserved in this complex of adobe structures under the auspices of the Santa Barbara Historical Society. Step back in time as you view the collected remnants of the area's Spanish, Mexican and American periods, or stroll the inner courtyard, which seems far removed from the busy streets that surround the museum and adjacent historical adobes
The Gledhill Library, on the museum grounds, houses an impressive collection of books, maps and photographs chronicling Santa Barbara's history.
10 - 4 Tues. - Fri.; 10- 1 the first Saturday of the month.
An hourly library research fee is charged for persons who are not members of the Historical Society.