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We love Santa Barbara History and want to share it with you.
Experience the history of America's Riviera from our earliest residents, the Chumash,
to the Silent Film Era, to the founding of Fiesta, and everything in between!

1st Street

1st Thursday
Thursday, October 6,  5:00 - 7:00 PM
Location:  Museum
Visit our latest exhibition, Memories of Mountain Drive: Santa Barbara's Bohemian Community.  Also, explore Take a Hike, Save the World, and our signature exhibitions, The Story of Santa Barbara and the Edward Borein Gallery.


Opening of Memories of Mountain Drive
Exhibition celebrating Santa Barbara's Bohemian Community
Thursday, October 6, 5:00 PM
Location:  Museum
In the late 1940s a unique community began to form in the South Coast foothills.  Now, through works of art, photographs, written and recorded personal reminiscences, the Historical Museum presents the story of the flowering of this enclave of free spirits which took its name from the road which wound through its heart:  Mountain Drive.
A Literary Salon
Join us for a presentation and happy hour
Tuesday, October 11, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Location:  Covarrubias Adobe
Join the Museum and Women's Literary Voices for us an opportunity to hear from Sojourner Kincaid Rolle on her most recent book, Free at Last, a Juneteenth Poem. This lyrical celebration of Juneteenth, deeply rooted in Black American history, spans centuries and reverberates loudly and proudly today.
Kincaid Rolle, former Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara from 2015 to 2017, is a poet, playwright, environmental educator, and peace activist. She is known for her work raising awareness of BIPOC history.
The mission of Women’s Literary Voices Santa Barbara is to present the work of contemporary female authors from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences through salons, storytelling, and discussions that celebrate diversity, literacy, community, and social justice.
Reservation required. Register here.
Haunted Tour of Downtown
Two dates to choose from
Wednesday, October 26
Thursday, October 27
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Join us for a walking tour that will take you on a fascinating journey to haunted and historical sites of Santa Barbara led by one of Santa Barbara most loved historians, Neal Graffy.
The tour begins at the Museum with wine.  Walking shoes are recommended for this adventure.
Reservation required. Register here.