Nearby Santa Barbara Museums: the Mission and More
Santa Barbara is home to some of the West Coast's most acclaimed museums, many of which are within easy walking distance of Spanish Garden Inn. During your stay at one of the premier luxury hotels in Santa Barbara, immerse yourself in the rich history, culture and romance of these can't-miss attractions.
The Santa Barbara Mission
2201 Laguna Street; http://www.santabarbaramission.org
Less than a mile from the Spanish Garden Inn is the Santa Barbara Mission. Hailed as the "Queen of the Missions" it was established on the Feast of Saint Barbara on December 4, 1786. A cultural and historic landmark, it is a must see for anyone interested in how Santa Barbara began. Mission Historical Park, across from the Mission, features a picnic setting and the A.C. Postel Rose Garden- the pride of the Santa Barbara Rose Society.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street; www.sbmuseart.org
Peruse a wide array of styles and works that include antiquities, works on paper, contemporary art and many more. Afterwards, indulge in a savory lunch or dinner at the Museum Café, where you'll find the refined and daring cuisine of famed chef Brenda Simon.
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 East De la Guerra Street; www.santabarbaramuseum.com
A fascinating exploration into the regional history of Santa Barbara and Southern California. The beautifully preserved 1817 adobe complex is as much an attraction as the exhibits.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta Del Sol; www.sbnature.org
Explore 12 acres of incredibly detailed dioramas featuring birds, mammals and numerous other Southern California habitats. Housed in classic Spanish-Mediterranean style buildings, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History draws in 150,000 visitors annually.
Karpeles Manuscript Library
21 West Anapamu Street; www.rain.org/~karpeles
Ty Warner Sea Center
2211 Stearns Wharf; www.sbnature.org/twsc
Santa Barbara Carriage and Western Arts Museum
129 Castillo Street, in Pershing Park; www.carriagemuseum.org
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
113 Harbor Way, Suite 190; www.sbmm.org