Evoke the romance of early Spanish California by hosting an event on the grounds of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. This cultural landmark is located in the heart of Santa Barbara's historic district. Enjoy the ambience of two private, interconnected courtyards distinguished by native and exotic landscaping and accented with splashing fountains.
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21 Reviews for Santa Barbara Historical Museum
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Amanda B. · Married on 11/17/2018
Beautiful SB venue
Beautiful venue, our guests all couldn’t stop talking about how pretty it was. We loved the grounds and that we could have both our ceremony and reception in one convenient location. Parking is also very convenient. Couple issues—right now there is no permanent event coordinator. The girl that is running is seems spread pretty thin and I felt like there was very minimal communication and support leading up to my wedding day. Also, they sent an email saying they had to install these plastic balls in the main fountain but that the fountain would be running on the day of the event. In my opinion, the balls are ugly and take away from the charm of the venue. And on the day of our event the fountain was not running until I asked my wedding planner to tell the on site coordinator to turn it on (this was at 8pm our event started at 4pm). After the wedding, I received a bill that a vendor stayed late so when I asked my coordinator about it she said that the on site person was very strict on making sure our caterers cleaned meticulously to the point she felt they were cleaning up things unrelated to our event. I’m hoping the issues I encountered will be resolved when there is a more permanent event manager because I did love our venue. Also note that you have to bring in EVERYTHING when you book the museum—and for lighting you can only you BVD. They are great but add an immediate 2-3k to your cost for just lights.
*photos by Kaylee Chelsea PhotographySent on 03/12/2019
John · Married on 07/29/2017
My wife and I had our wedding reception here in July. It is the perfect venue for any event and the people are incredibly helpful and accommodating. There are sections to the courtyard that we used which made the event feel even bigger than it was. The sun went down and lights went on. Everything looked awesome. Would recommend to everyone.Sent on 09/27/2017
Yatzie · Married on 09/04/2016
Such a beautiful venue! The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was everything I could have imagined on our special day.Sent on 01/03/2017
Tie historical Santa Barbara into your big day by hosting your wedding at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. It is a beautifully location conveniently located downtown and you are able to paint the canvas with your personalized wedding vision.
Such a great venue for a romantic wedding, beautiful outdoor landscaping, with that old Santa Barbara architecture and feel. Love this place!
I have had the pleasure, on several occasions, to cater events at this magical venue. The staff were helpful and easy to work with, the venue embodies that special Santa Barbara spirit, and I highly recommend this spot for your special occasion. Margaret Riesen Owner -- The Vegetarian Gourmet catering www.vegetariangourmetcatering.com