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  • Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum

COME VISIT ONE THE OF BEST THINGS TO DO IN THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY AND ONE OF THE BEST CARRIAGE COLLECTIONS IN THE WEST.

Browse the Collections. Check out the latest Exhibits. Visit the Carriage House. Learn about the history of the Santa Ynez Valley. Due to staffing shortages and as we refresh our exhibits, we are currently open by appointment only.  If you’re local and interested in western history and culture, volunteer to become a docent!”

— DECEMBER DAYS AT THE MUSEUM —

Join Us!
Thursdays and Fridays
December 8th & 9th, December 15th & 16th and December 22nd and 23rd
11-2 pm

Stroll Santa Ynez and then take a little holiday break at the Historical Museum! Our little town has lots to offer for shopping, as well as bistros and bakeries offering delicious holiday treats. Take a walk, grab lunch and then come on over to the museum to “sit a spell”. The Carriage House and exhibits will be open for viewing, the Courtyard set with seating and holiday decorations, and our gift to you – no admission fee! Get that small town holiday vibe and check out our little jewel of a museum. Click here for a list of shops and eateries in town, grab that lunch to go and mosey over to the museum, easily found by the stagecoach at the entrance.  In the spirit of the season, we’ll also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Santa Ynez Valley Community Outreach (formerly known as the Buellton Senior Center) and unopened pet food to help low income families feed their pets through Care 4 Paws.

— 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.

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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 —