Santa Barbara

Carpinteria Valley Museum of History

  • Exhibits feature aspects of Chumash Indian culture as well as Spanish and American period local histories
  • Location: 956 Maple Avenue in Carpinteria; can be reached from the Casitas Pass exit from Highway 101
  • Open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: donations are accepted
  • Call (805) 684-3112
  • Visit

Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

  • The sandstone cave contains drawings by Chumash Native Americans, as well as likenesses of coastal fishermen that date back to the 1600s
  • Location: 3 mi. south of San Marcos Pass. Take Highway 154 out of Santa Barbara and turn right on Painted Caves Road. The cave is located on the left, about 2 mi. up a steep, narrow road. The pullout at the site will only accommodate one or two vehicles.
  • Open from dawn to dusk
  • Call (805) 733-3713
  • Visit

El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

  • Established in 1782
  • Contains restored buildings and exhibits on Spanish Colonial Period history
  • Ongoing archaeological research projects
  • Location: 123 East Canon Perdido, between Anacapa and Santa Barbara Streets, in downtown Santa Barbara
  • Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guided tours of the site can be arranged by contacting the Trust at (805) 965-0093
  • For information on becoming an archaeological volunteer, contact Michael Imwalle at (805) 962-2101 or by email atgro.phtbs@balhcra
  • Call (805) 965-0093
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La Purísima Mission State Historic Park

  • Misión la Purísima Concepción de María Santísima, founded in 1787
  • One of the most completely restored of the 21 Spanish missions in California
  • Largest and most authentic mission restoration project in the American West
  • Location: 2295 Purisima Road, 2 mi. northeast of Lompoc
  • Call (805) 733-3713
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Lompoc Museum

  • Focuses on archaeology and history of the Lompoc Valley and Santa Barbara County
  • Location: 200 South H Street in Lompoc
  • Open Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Call (805) 736-3888
  • Visit

Mission Santa Inés

  • Nineteenth of the 21 California established by Franciscan priests from 1769 to 1823
  • Founded on September 17, 1804 by Father Estevan Tapis
  • Continues to be an active parish church
  • Location: 1760 Mission Drive in Solvang
  • Call (805) 688-4815
  • Visit

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

  • Exhibit of Chumash culture, including a tomol or plank canoe
  • Features 11 exhibit halls, focusing on regional natural history, Native Americans, and the Chumash Indians
  • Location: 2559 Puesta del Sol Road in Santa Barbara
  • Open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Adult (18-64 years) $12
Senior (65+ years)$8
Teen (13-17 years) $8
Child (2-12 years) $7
Child (less than 2 years) Free

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