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Santa Barbara Museums & Galleries

Carpinteria Valley Museum of History 
956 Maple Ave, Carpinteria
(805) 684-3112
The Carpinteria Valley Museum of History provides a fascinating glimpse into the Valley’s past. A variety of unique exhibits examine the three major cultures that made this valley their home. The Carpinteria Valley Historical Society, a nonprofit educational organization, created, maintains, and operates the Museum and research library. The Society is dedicated to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit objects of historical significance related to the Valley. Hours: Exhibit Gallery Hours: Tues–Sat, 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. 

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. 

South Coast Railroad Museum 
300 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta
(805) 964-3540
The South Coast Railroad Museum at Goleta Depot is dedicated to the history, technology, and adventure of railroading. Special emphasis is placed on the railroad’s contributions to local history, on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and on the key historical role of the railroad depot in rural community life across America. Goleta Depot was built by the Southern Pacific Railroad Co. in 1901, at the time of the completion of SP’s Coast Line connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

Stow House 
304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta
(805) 681-7216
A U.S. historical landmark in Goleta, California. Formerly the headquarters of Rancho La Patera, the Stow House is now the headquarters of Goleta Historical Society. Along with beautiful grounds you can still visit ‘Lake Los Carneros,’ the pond created by the Stows. Located on Los Carneros in Goleta. 

Susan Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Museum and Library 
122 W Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara
(805) 730-1707
The reason for opening this museum is to share with others the incredible talent and creativity displayed by the various doll and teddy bear artists. This is one of the largest displays of dolls and teddy bears in the United States. Only 3,000 of the collection’s historical and contemporary dolls and teddy bears are on display in the museum’s three galleries. 

Western Arts and Carriage 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. 

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. 

(see additional museums listed in “Local Attractions”)