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Santa Barbara and its surrounding areas are full of impressive landmarks that speak to the history of the region, dating back to the Chumash (Native American) tribes who settled in villages here and lived off the bounty of the land and the sea. The Spanish left their mark in architecture that evokes their religion and their homes, while the penchant of “Califorñios” for hospitality, horsemanship, music and dance all linger in Santa Barbara's festive traditions.

Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805) 682-4151

Welcome to the Saint Barbara Parish – Roman Catholic Church. In the Franciscan tradition, we strive to live the gospel life in prayer, evangelization, outreach and stewardship. In imitation of Jesus Christ, we welcome all people to worship and celebrate God's all-inclusive love with us at the Mission Santa Barbara. Whoever you are, wherever you are in your life, we thank you for choosing to worship with us.

Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (805) 962-5339

The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805) 682-4726

Widely regarded as a model botanic garden, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum and a member of the American Alliance of Museums, dedicated to research, education, and conservation of California native plants.

As an accredited museum and botanic garden, the SBBG differentiates itself from being just another beautiful place with open space and pretty flowers. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum where collections-based research preserves California native plants and displays them in a beautiful setting.

Shoreline Park, Santa Barbara

Shoreline Dr & Santa Rosa Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (805) 564-5418

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101(805) 882-4520

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is located at 1100 Anacapa Street, in downtown Santa Barbara, California. The Spanish Colonial Revival style building was designed by William Mooser III and completed in 1929.

Lotusland

Cold Spring Rd, Montecito, CA 93108 (805) 969-9990

We preserve and enhance the unique, historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska, care for and improve its collections, and develop its conservation and horticulture programs, so they educate us, inspire us, and advance our understanding and appreciation of the importance of plants in our lives and in the life of the planet.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History inspires a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.

Guiding Principles

1. Inspiring an Awe for Nature and a Thirst for Discovery
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History aims to spark curiosity and ignite a passion for nature. We strive to expand our understanding of the natural world, share the process of discovery, and communicate the interconnectedness of all species.

The spirit of discovery drives our research, exhibits, and educational programs. We encourage involvement by making science fun and accessible, inspiring our audiences to explore the vast mysteries of nature.

2. Promoting Sustainability
The Museum promotes the preservation of the Earth's natural systems as an urgent priority and fosters a sense of collective responsibility, necessary for maintaining biodiversity and for the well-being of our own species.

We embrace sustainability as a critical element in all we do. We recognize that society's long term success requires an understanding and respect for nature's limits, and we strive to lead by example, illuminating the connections between research, policy and personal responsibility.

3. Connecting Our Communities
The Museum is a community resource and a welcoming, accessible center for community engagement. We use the full range of the human experience to reach and connect people of all ages and backgrounds, transcending geographic, economic, and cultural boundaries.

We pursue a broad web of relationships and partnerships to facilitate communication and mutual understanding, leveraging our resources and technology to bring the Museum into the lives of the widest possible range of professional and community groups.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1130 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 963-4364

Mission
The mission of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is to integrate art into the lives of people.

Guiding Principles
We believe in the power of art to ignite imagination, stimulate thought, and generate personally rewarding experiences.

Quick Facts about SBMA

  • Comprises 27,000 works of art – an art museum of magnitude and quality more commonly found in cities eight times the size of Santa Barbara
  • Spans more than 5,000 years of human creativity
  • Includes classical antiquities rivaled in the West only by the J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Includes masterpieces of French Impressionism. No West Coast museum owns more Monet paintings
  • Presents at its front door Portrait of Mexico Today, 1932 , the only intact mural in the United States by David Alfaro Siqueiros, and capstone of the Museum's distinguished collection of Latin American art
  • Brings world-renowned exhibitions to Santa Barbara
  • Originates exhibitions that travel to museums across the Americas and Europe
  • Welcomes 150,000 visitors to exhibitions and activities each year
  • Provides education programs to over 40,000 people in Santa Barbara County each year, free transportation for school groups and after-school activities, and free California State Standard based eduation programs for Santa Barbara School district students in grades K-12
  • Receives less than 1% of its budget from government grants and no regular tax dollars
  • Spends approximately 20% of every dollar on education programs

Audience
As one of the leading art museums on the West Coast, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art serves a diverse audience of approximately 150,000 people annually. The Museum offers a wide variety of educational and interpretive programs to this broad audience. Our 75-member Docent Council provides over 800 gallery tours and slide talks annually.

Permanent Collection
The Museum's collection of the arts of Asia, Europe, and the Americas includes paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, glass, jades, bronzes, lacquer, and textiles. The broad areas in which SBMA holds a significant number of works of exceptional quality include international antiquities from China, India, Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Near East and 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century art from Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Particular strengths of the collection are 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary American painting, photography, and the arts of Asia, especially China.

Education
Throughout its history the Museum has been bringing people and art together through a broad array of formal and informal learning opportunities for all ages, both in the Museum and out in the community. The Museum provides forty art education programs to over 40,000 people annually. These include academic, outreach and after school programs for K-12th grade students, activities and events for families, classes for college students and lifelong learning opportunities for adults and seniors. In addition, the Museum regularly organizes and hosts lectures, symposia, film series, and focused gallery tours for the Museum's major exhibitions. Many of these programs involve collaborations with community organizations, schools and teachers, colleges and universities, as well as selected artists.

As an educational institution, SBMA has the following goals:

  • To provide life-enhancing experiences with works of art;
  • To provide art experiences that encourage an individual's cognitive and empathetic growth;
  • To promote the idea that life-enhancing experiences with works of art have both private, individual benefits, as well as community benefits;
  • To provide studio art instruction in the context of the Museum's collections and exhibitions;
  • To increase community participation in the Museum, especially among under-served audiences;
  • To facilitate informed discussion on artistic and cultural issues of interest to the community.

Commitment
Recognizing that art museums play a constructive role in society, we are committed to:

  • Serve and educate the public;
  • Champion a breadth of artistic expression;
  • Enhance quality of life in the community;
  • Accomplish these though the collection, research, preservation, and exhibition of works of art and the advancement of knowledge about them; and
  • Succeed as an organization through effective interdependence, collaboration and innovation.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 962-2526

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center is located on Stearns Wharf and fulfills the mission of the Museum to inspire a passion for the natural world. At the Sea Center visitors of all ages can enjoy interactive exhibits, opportunities to work like scientists, a theater showcasing the wonders of the Santa Barbara Channel, hands-on close encounters with sea creatures, and a live shark touch pool. Children can crawl through a 1,500-gallon tidepool tank to see ocean life from a different perspective. The Sea Center is an engaging, interactive marine education facility that allows visitors to discover the fun in science and the wonders of the natural world.

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

136 E De La Guerra St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 966-1601

Completed in 1964, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum has emerged as an essential landmark for the preservation and celebration of Santa Barbara's regional history.As one of the oldest cultural institutions in Santa Barbara, SBHM is home to the vast archival collection of documents and artifacts within our Gledhill Library and collections vault. Our rotating exhibits in the Sala Gallery feature dynamic elements of Santa Barbara's local traditions, art, and historical events, while our permanent gallery “The Story of Santa Barbara” traces the development of Santa Barbara's history from the Chumash to the mid 20th century. The Museum's stunning courtyards evoke the romance of early Spanish California, located in the heart of Santa Barbara's historic district. Two historic adobes are preserved in the Museum's lower courtyard, with the Casa Covarrubias adobe dating to 1817 and the Historic Adobe to 1836.

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

125 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 770-5000

Our mission is to ignite learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity. As Santa Barbara's newest hands-on destination for families and curious minds of all ages, MOXI is a place where you can explore and discover new things about the world around you, ask questions, seek answers and have a blast doing so. The MOXI you can visit today started as a dream more than 20 years ago. A group of dedicated and dynamic community volunteers came together with the desire to create a world-class museum in their own backyard that would provide opportunities for learning outside the traditional classroom. After a few starts and stops, in 2013, the City of Santa Barbara made it possible for us to create this place on a plot of unused land on lower State Street. We are now in a 50-year lease agreement with the City, ensuring our science museum will have a perfectly positioned home for many years to come. Our Barry Berkus-designed building also has the distinction of being the first LEED Gold certified museum in Santa Barbara County. Our Opening Day on February 25, 2017 was the culmination of years of work by a determined and tireless group of community volunteers, supported by countless individuals, businesses and foundations from the Santa Barbara region and beyond. It was, however, just the beginning of something far greater – delivering on our promise of igniting learning for all through our exhibits, programs, community outreach and more.

The Reagan Ranch Center - Young America's Foundation

217 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 957-1980

Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the state-of-the-art Reagan Ranch Center houses our breakthrough student conferences, lectures, and events, as well as extensive exhibit galleries featuring the history of the Ranch and the role it played in Ronald Reagan's life. This "Schoolhouse for Reaganism" is open to the public Monday - Thursday, from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 966-5373

MCASB is a non-collecting contemporary art museum. Exhibitions at the Main Space location rotate three times annually and are typically on view for fourteen weeks. The museum is closed between exhibitions for deinstallation and installation of each exhibition. Visitors are encouraged to check the exhibition calendar to ensure a visit when the Museum is open to the public. Exhibitions are organized two to three years in advance.

South Coast Railroad Museum

300 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117 (805) 964-3540

The South Coast Railroad Museum in Goleta, California, focuses on the history, technology, and adventure of railroading. Special emphasis is placed on the railroad's contributions to local history, on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and on the key historical role of the railroad depot in rural community life across America. The museum centerpiece is Goleta Depot, a country railroad station house built by the Southern Pacific in 1901 during completion of the Coast Route joining San Francisco and Los Angeles. Goleta Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

Hwy 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805) 733-3713

California State Parks has teamed with CyArk and Santa Ynez Valley High School to produce a detailed 3D laser scan of Chumash Painted Cave and its surroundings. This scan will not only preserve a record of the significant pictographs for use in future condition assessments, but it also provides park visitors with a closer view of the art not currently possible due to the protective grate across the cave opening. State Parks has also worked with Barbareño Chumash elder, Ernestine de Soto and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to provide accurate interpretive information about the rock art, and its importance to modern Chumash descendants.


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