QUAKE! Santa Barbara Remembers the 1925 Earthquake

May 7 - July 8

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Earthquake exhibit

Quake! The 1925 Santa Barbara Earthquake - Exhibition Opening May 7

4:30 pm, Member Preview

5-8pm, First Thursday Opening

6pm, Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Puppet Show For Children.
Complimentary admission.

Boom! At the dawn of June 29, 1925, our city shook with a 6.3 earthquake leaving much of downtown destroyed or heavily damaged.

Out of the rubble a new Santa Barbara would arise with the headline, "Spanish Architecture to Rise from Ruins".

Ray Strong: Views of Santa Barbara County

June 4 - August 31

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Holiday Party

In a community-wide celebration, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum will explore the work of artist Ray Strong (1905-2006). As a founding member of the Oak Group, Strong influenced an entire generation of landscape painters in Santa Barbara County.

Exhibition sponsored by Marlene & Warren Miller, John C. Woodward, Dorothy & Ashleigh Brilliant and Louise Clark & John Carbon

First Thursday & Film Screening

July 2, 5-8 pm

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Earthquake movie

Enjoy a wonderful opportunity to experience the work of Ray Strong after-hours. Plus, in conjunction with our exhibit Quake! we will host a free screening of the movie Earthquake (1974) at 7pm in the courtyard.

La Fiesta del Museo

July 18 - 5:30pm

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Fiesta

Santa Barbara Historical Museum invites you to celebrate the culture, cuisine and costumes of Old Spanish Days at La Fiesta del Museo 2015. The elegant fundraiser will include the opening of the exhibition Project Fiesta! and a special performance entitled, La Noche de Gala y Desfile de Moda.

Guests will enjoy an elegant dinner, hosted cocktails, exclusive auction and dancing under the moonlight in an exquisite Spanish courtyard to the sounds of the Martinez Brothers Band.

Reservations required.



July 18 - September 15

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Project Fiedsta

Experience the pageantry and fashion of Old Spanish Days, Santa Barbara's most cherished cultural festival for over 90 years.

Featuring vintage posters, restored costumes, artifacts and historical photos that connects our community and celebrates our traditions.

History Happy Hour

July 22, 5:30 pm

Erin Graffy will speak about her book Old Spanish Days in a lively evening at Jamie Sloane Winery. Free, no reservation required, no-host bar.

Old Spanish Days Walking Tour

August 1, 9:30 am

Join Erin Graffy for a walk around the downtown area to enjoy public art and Fiesta history! Members are free, guests are $5. Reservations recommended.

Members Annual Meeting/First Thursday

September 3, 4:30 pm

Learn more about the Museum and celebrate our great year!

Screening: Don Nicolás Den, Irish Pioneer to Santa Barbara

September 16, 11:00 am

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Don Nicolas Den

Join filmaker Michael Love for a screening of his film based on Walker Tompkins' book Santa Barbara's Royal Rancho, which tells the story of Irish immigrant Nicholas Den and his beloved Dos Pueblos Ranch.


Alexander Harmer Exhibit Opening (& First Thursday) ~ October 1

Santa Barbara Historical Museum ALEXANDER F. HARMER

Remembered as the first artist to open a studio in Santa Barbara and for his series of paintings of the California missions under Mexican rule.

Alexander Harmer's adobe on De La Guerra Plaza became a local gathering place for many of California premier artists.

Guest curator, Marlene R. Miller

SPANISH COLONIAL STYLE: Santa Barbara and The Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin

November 5, 2015 - July 3, 2016

Santa Barbara Historical El Paseo

James Osborne Craig and his wife, Mary McLaughin Craig, are two of the most significant architects of Santa Barbara.

James Osborne designed the landmark El Paseo and Mary went on to design landmarks like Plaza Rubio opposite the Santa Barbara Mission.

Reservations are required for all lectures held at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. For more information on how you can sponsor an upcoming program, lecture or exhibition contact  « MEMBERSHIP »