• Due COVID-19, the Santa Ynez Valley Museum is temporarily closed until further notice

In response to COVID-19, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum temporarily closed its doors to visitors as of March 15th.  Like so many others, we are unsure of when we will be able to reopen. Thankfully, some of our employees remain working from home. While we are working from our homes, we continue to focus on our mission: envisioning ways to engage you, our members and visitors in this new age of caution, and prepare for when we can open again.

With what is traditionally our busiest season coming up, our income is being hit badly. Based on our average revenue, the museum lost more than $10,000 in the first twelve days of closure. We’re expecting to have this loss each week we are closed through May, with lost admissions income as well as cancelling all exhibits and events through June.

We know many people are being hit badly by Coronavirus and its impact on the economy, at a time when we need your support more than ever. If you are able to support Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum directly during this challenging period, please consider a one-time or recurring donation. The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible as allowable. Your gift means more now than ever before.

Thank you for your generosity and support!

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum presents exhibitions and public programs that interpret past events and illuminate the diverse communities of California’s Central Coast. The Museum actively acquires and holds in its care collections relating to the region’s heritage and provides a venue to showcase private collections and traveling exhibitions.

The Museum serves as a center for research, education, and lifelong learning by delivering quality programs that encourage knowledge, understanding, discussion, and appreciation of our varied cultures. By honoring the record of life in the Santa Ynez Valley and Central Coast, we preserve these legacies for our children.



The Museum houses a unique and broad collection of items that celebrate the region’s forward-movement into the West. The Parks-Janeway Carriage House displays the largest horse drawn vehicle collection west of the Mississippi. In addition, visitors can see numerous examples of fine, regional saddlery, period apparel and vintage horse gear illustrating the pride and craftsmanship of local and regional makers.

2 kids doing crafts at Wild West Camp


To revisit the past, we can truly appreciate the present and wonder of what the future may bring. The Museum offers numerous lectures, garden & home tours and events that celebrate the region’s agricultural strengths in order to present visitors a true understanding of the diversity of the communities in the Santa Ynez Valley. In addition, programs and tours are offered to school age visitors from around the valley and the county.

close up of bits


While the basis of the Museum’s presentation mission is displayed in the Carriage House, two additional exhibit rooms offer timely, multi-month exhibitions throughout the year curated by visiting experts and historians. From local artist displays to in-depth presentations of local ranching families to traveling exhibits of private collections; the Museum offers a wide variety of visual opportunities to experience the Valley and the areas broad cultural offerings.

“This is a beautiful little property right in the middle of the town.  The stewards of this museum put a lot of love and effort into quality collections and exhibits.”

Tara D. TX

— Special Events —

Drepung Gomang Monks Sacred Arts Tour


Experience ancient Tibetan cultural rituals including the snow lion dance, Good luck dance, Monk dance, sacred chants, prayers and monastic debate bringing authentic Tibetan traditions to life.

Festival of the Vines


August 29, 2020

Come join us for an evening of wine, food & music and help support the museum at our 4th annual summer fundraiser.

Vaquero Show and Sale

36th Annual Vaquero Show and Sale Save the Date November 13-14, 2020

The 36th Annual Benefit Vaquero Show & Western Collectible Sale


November 13-15, 2020

Please join us at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum for the 36th Annual Vaquero Show and Western Collectible Sale with new and returning vendors.