Famous Museums in Santa Barbara

The museums in Santa Barbara give the very essence of its citizens and rich culture. If you are looking for something deeper and more meaningful, head to the museums in city. Explore the cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical side of Santa Barbara with these museums.
We have curated a variety of the best and free museums in city, besides the usual arts or historical ones. Explore and engage yourself with the wonders of science at the museum of science in Santa Barbara. Get fascinated by the exceptional stories of heroes at war museums or memorials. You can go wow with your kids at the Natural history museums or enjoy some time at children's museums in Santa Barbara.
Check out this list for an entertaining and enlightening trip to the museums in Santa Barbara.

Let's explore the finest collection of museums in Santa Barbara:

  1. Mission Santa Barbara

    Religious Site, Museum, History Museum, Outdoors

    Renowned as the ‘crown jewel’ of the California Missions, this site has been painstakingly preserved. Mission Santa Barbara, or Santa Barbara Mission, is a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in the vicinity of present-day Santa Barbara, California. The grounds of the current mission are located on the crest between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. The mis...Read more
  2. Santa Barbara Museum Of Art

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    Santa Barbara Museum Of Art

    Art Museum, Museum, Observatory, Educational Site

    An interesting variety of pieces from different cultures congregate at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to the delight and admiration of visitors. Established in 1941 in a construction that was initially the Santa Barbara Post Office, the biggest modifications that Chicago architect made for the transition were the simplification of the facade, the construction of the galleries the Ludington Cou...Read more
  3. Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

    Museum, Military Museum, History Museum, Observatory

    The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is located on the water's edge of the Santa Barbara Harbour, and has a myriad exciting and educational exhibits on display in a sprawling gallery space of nearly 8,000 square feet. Offering a wide range of educational programs including docent tours, and Tall Ship tours, the Museum also has daily HD screenings in their large-screen Munger Theatre that is shaped...Read more
  4. Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History

    Museum, History Museum, Outdoors, Observatory

    The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History aims to spark a passion for the natural world and ignite a curiosity about the story behind it. With view to creating a space for the shared process of discovery of this interconnected world, the museum was founded in 1916. An extensive natural history collections of over three million objects is preserved here, curated by a staff of 14 experts as wel...Read more
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    Art Gallery, Museum

  6. Mission Santa Barbara

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    Mission Santa Barbara Image
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    Museum

  7. Casa Dolores

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    Casa Dolores Image
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    Art Gallery, Museum