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  • Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum

We are open Saturday and Sunday! 12pm – 4pm

We are now open to the public for walk ins on Saturday and Sundays, from 12 to 4 pm.

We can schedule members’ tours on Thursdays and Fridays online, by clicking here, by calling 805 688 7889 ext 104 or by emailing info@santaynezmuseum.org.

We are so thankful to be able to open to the public.

Toll Station at Kinevan Ranch at the top of San Marcos Pass

If you are able to support Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum directly during this challenging period, please consider a one-time or recurring donation. Click here for more information. Thank you for your generosity and support!


— UP COMING EVENTS 2021 —

The 37th Annual Vaquero Show and Collectible Sale is slated for the second weekend of November 2021. The three days will be started with the Annual Vaquero Gala and Auction, where the Vaqueros of the Year, John Mc Carty will be honored. This fundraiser will showcase the Vaquero Lifestyle with a variety of vendors and presentations of horsemanship and other demonstrations.

— AT THE MUSEUM —

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.

COLLECTIONS

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

EDUCATION

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

EXHIBITS

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

— Thank you to our supporters —