Art Galleries & Museums in Santa Barbara and nearby
Santa Barbara contains numerous performing art venues, including the 2,000 seat Arlington Theatre, which is the largest indoor performance venue in Santa Barbara and site of the annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Other major venues include the Lobero Theatre, a historic building and favorite venue for small concerts; the Granada Theater, the tallest building downtown, originally built by contractor C.B. Urton in 1924, but with the theatre remodeled and reopened in March 2008; and the Santa Barbara Bowl, a 4,562 seat outdoor amphitheatre in a canyon at the base of the Riviera.
1. Carpinteria Valley Museum Of History
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.
956 Maple Ave (805) ................. 684-3112
For more information visit - www.carpinteriahistoricalmuseum.org
2. Goleta Valley Historical Society / Stewards Of Rancho La Patera & Stow House
Historical society featuring exhibits, events & walking tours devoted to regional heritage.
304 N Los Carneros Rd Goleta ................. (805) 681-7216
For more information visit - www.goletahistory.org
3. South Coast Railroad Museum
The South Coast Railroad Museum in Goleta, California, focuses on the history, technology, and adventure of railroading. The museum centerpiece is Goleta Depot, a country railroad station house built by the Southern Pacific in 1901 during completion of the Coast Route joining San Francisco and Los Angeles. Goleta Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
300 N Los Carneros Rd Goleta ................. (805) 964-3540
For more information visit - www.scrm.goletadepot.org
4. Art / Design & Architecture Museum - UC Santa Barbara
Open Wednesday - Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm & Thursdays 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
555 University Rd ................. (805) 893-2951
For more information visit - www.museum.ucsb.edu
5. Casa De La Guerra
The Casa De La Guerra was the residence of the fifth commandant of the Presidio De Santa Barbara, José De La Guerra y Noriega from 1828 until his death in 1858. His home was the social, political, and cultural center of Santa Barbara during the Mexican period. Descendants of José lived in the home until 1943.
15 E De La Guerra St Santa Barbara ................. (805) 965-0093
For more information visit - www.sbthp.org/casa-de-la-guerra
6. MOXI - The Wolf Museum Of Exploration + Innovation
Santa Barbara’s newest hands-on destination for families and curious minds of all ages, MOXI is a place where you can explore and discover new things about the world around you, ask questions, seek answers and have a blast doing so.
125 State St ................ (805) 770-5000
For more information visit - www.moxi.org
7. Museum Of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is Central California's premier non-collecting contemporary arts institution dedicated to exhibiting, commissioning, and documenting the most innovative and compelling art of our time.
653 Paseo Nuevo ................ (805) 966-5373
For more information visit - www.mcasantabarbara.org
8. Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show
Every Sunday year-round and on Saturdays on major holiday weekends, the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show highlights the creative talents of local artisans. The show is located on Cabrillo Blvd from Stearns Whaft to Calle Cesar Chavez from 10:00 am to dusk.
236 E Cabrillo Blvd Santa Barbara ................ (805) 897-2519
For more information visit - www.santabarbaraca.gov
9. Santa Barbara Carriage Museum
Founded in 1972, The Carriage & Western Art Museum Of Santa Barbara is a non-profit organization with the mission to collect, display and preserve historic horse-drawn vehicles, saddles, and western memorabilia
129 Castillo St ................. (805) 962-2353 or (805) 569-0731
For more information visit - carriagemuseum.org
10. Santa Barbara Historical Museum
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. It is home to the vast archival collection of artefacts and documents within the Gledhill Library & collection vault.
136 E De La Guerra St Santa Barbara ................. (805) 966-1601
For more information visit - www.sbhistorical.org
11. Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
The mission of Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is to preserve and celebrate the maritime heritage of the California Coast and present it to the public in an interesting and exciting way.
113 Harbor Way #190 Santa Barbara ................. (805) 962-8404
For more information visit - www.sbmm.org
12. Santa Barbara Museum Of Art
Comprises 27,000 works of art – Santa Barbara Museum Of Art is an art museum of magnitude and quality more commonly found in cities eight times the size of Santa Barbara and it's collection spans more than 5,000 years of human creativity.
1130 State St ................. (805) 963-4364
For more information visit - www.sbma.net
13. Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History
Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History reconnects more than 150,000 people each year to nature indoors and outdoors. Inspiring an awe for nature and a thirst for discovery.
2559 Puesta Del Sol Santa Barbara ................. (805) 682-4711
For more information visit - www.sbnature.org