First Thursdays at the Museum

5 - 8pm on April 2, May 7, June 4

Lutah Panel

February 26, 10am

Santa Barbara Historical Maria Riggs :Lutah

A panel of experts and individuals who worked with Lutah Maria Riggs will discuss her life and style, moderated by Erin Graffy.

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History Happy Hour

March 5, 5:30 pm at Jamie Slone Winery - El Paseo

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Urban Hikers

Join "Urban Hikers" Stacey Wright & Peter Hartmann for a talk about exploring your neighborhood's history and embracing the rich heritage (and quirky details!) of your community.

No reservation needed, no host bar.

Special thanks to the Santa Barbara Arts Commission.

Lecture - SB Women In Architecture

March 19, 5:30 pm

In honor of Women's History Month and the current exhibition, architectural historian Rose Thomas explores the work of Julia Morgan, Lutah Maria Riggs, Mary Osborne Craig, Harriet Moody, and Anna Louise Murphy Vhay who designed buildings that exemplify Santa Barbara's unique style.

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"Cellar Series" Lost and Found - The Fashion of Beer Over Time

March 26, 5:30 pm

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Beer Lecture

Certified Cicerone Zachary Rosen will be hosting Lost and Found: The Fashion of Beer Over Time.

Guests will be taken on a tasting tour through the history of beer. Learn how certain beer styles were lost in time and which ones have been rediscovered.

Follow the history of beer from its origins in the Middle East to its technological contributions during the Industrial Revolution and the rise of American craft beer.

This intriguing evening of beer and history will include samples paired with food.

Walking Tour- George Washington Smith & Lutah Maria Riggs

March 28, 9:30 am

Beginning at the Museum stroll the streets of downtown with architectural historian Rose Thomas to discover the work of two architects whose legacy continues with our own Santa Barbara Style.

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Lecture - Meridian Studios

April 9, 5:30 pm

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Meridian Studios

Historian Hattie Beresford will give a presentation about the lovely Meridian Studios, from the building's history and the intriguing artists who've created work there.

QUAKE! Santa Barbara Remembers the 1925 Earthquake

May 7 - July 7

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Earthquake exhibit

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".

Lecture - Santa Barbara Earthquake

May 28, 5:30 pm

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Neal Graffy

Neal Graffy will illuminate the Museum's Earthquake exhibit and introduce his latest book about the 1925 quake that changed our city (and style!) forever.

Lecture - Ray Strong

June 4 - August 30

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Holiday Party

In a community-wide celebration, the Museum will explore the work of Ray Strong.

As a founding member of the Oak Group, Strong influenced an entire generation of painters in Santa Barbara County.

Guest curator, Marlene R. Miller.

June 11, 5:30 pm (tentative date)

To complement our collaborative exhibition, our members will enjoy apresentation about legendary local artist Ray Strong.


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.


October 1 - January 2016

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

La Fiesta del Museo

July 18

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Fiesta

Save the date.

James Osborne & Mary Craig

Fall, TBD

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 »