• Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum

We are temporarily closed to the Public in response to the surge in the Omicron/COVID varient.

In an abundance of caution, the Museum and Carriage House will be closed from January 7, 2022 until January 25, 2022 to protect the well being and safety of our visitors. This action was taken, reluctantly, in response to the increasing infection rates. We are hoping the surge will have peaked by the time we open again.

We look forward to opening again soon.

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!

— EVENTS 2021 —

The Friday evening Gala on November 12 was a sold out event. Participants had wine provided by Gainey Vineyards and a sumptuous dinner prepared by Testa Catering. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the annual “Vaquero of the Year” award, which went to John McCarty, a legendary cattleman. 

Entertainment over the weekend included talks by Heather Kornemann on Saturday afternoon, with a demonstration on horseback. Music for the evening was performed by Brad Cooper and Friends with Christina Barnes and Steve Ochoa singing Saturday and Sunday. Baile de California performed traditional dances in the courtyard.

New for 2021 was a pig roast and barn dance on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the famed Pork Palace, home of “Heritage Pork.” The crowd, clad in their best jeans and boots, danced to live country-Western swing music performed by Monte Mills & the Lucky Horseshoe Band. Monte has become an icon of the California Central Coast. He’s not only one of the last of the yodeling cowboys… he’s the best!  This is destined to become a favorite experience for years to come as a new annual event for the Vaquero Show!

Vaquero Sponsors


Wood Claeyssens Foundation


Hometown Insurance Services

Sandy and Heloise Power

Pork Palace
Sliding Horse Ranch


Montecito Bank & Trust


Alice and Joe Olla

Stetson and Resitol

WealthSource Partners
Charlie 1 Horse
Evergreen Arabians


Tequila Ridge Ranch

C&D Accountants Accounting Firm


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

— Thank you to our supporters —