• Mission Santa Ynez
    Mission Santa Ynez

Due to COVID-19, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum temporarily closed on March 15th, 2020. We are looking to open as soon as we are able, please check here for additional information as it becomes available.

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!

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 —

When we open……

When the local and state restrictions are released and Museums are allowed to open, the Museum will open with the protection of our staff, volunteers and visitors as the highest priority.

We have implemented various protocols to ensure the confidence of all. These protocols and procedures include training of staff and volunteers, handwashing stations and creating allowances in the galleries for social distancing, for example.

We have missed the visitors and members alike since we closed on March 14, 2020, and we hope to see you soon!

Festival of the Vines


Postponed to 2021.

Due to the continued health concerns for the public, the Annual Summer Fundraiser has been postponed until 2021. We thank you, the members and supporters of the Museum for your continued support and hope to see you soon.

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.