Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Santa Barbara Historical Society A California Corp

Building a Future Worth Remembering

Quick Facts

aka Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Santa Barbara, CA


The Santa Barbara Historical Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits the diverse culture of the Santa Barbara region.

Ruling Year


Interim Executive Director

Mr. Michael Redmom

Main Address

136 East De la Guerra St

Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA


History, Museum, Education, Santa Barbara, Borein, Culture





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Founded in 1932 and incorporated in 1943, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum is a California non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an appreciation and understanding of Santa Barbara regional history and the importance of history in general. The Museum is one of the oldest institutions of its kind and was established as the first to preserve the area's history.

Our programs

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Santa Barbara History

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Our Results

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Total number of free admissions

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Santa Barbara History

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The Museum remains dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the material culture of the Santa Barbara region in all its diversity; to educating through lectures, tours, and in the classroom; and to encouraging research, scholarship, and publication of the history of the Santa Barbara community. History can guide and inspire our actions, a tool with which we can build a better tomorrow. It is that belief which inspires the Museum’s motto, “building a future worth remembering.”

In addition to the Museum’s signature exhibition, The Story of Santa Barbara, the Museum hosts 4 major exhibitions highlighting our area history each year and recently completed a new immersive exhibition geared toward children, entitled The Haunted Mirror. We aim to produce a vibrant schedule of public programming including history lectures and art demonstrations, exhibition premieres, film screenings, walking and hiking tours, and continuing education sessions for the Museum’s core volunteers program. Public interest topics include life in early California, conservation, architecture, art, film, agriculture and other local history topics. Our school programs and education outreach are at the heart of our activities, as we endeavor to inspire a new generation to not only learn from the past, but integrate it into their lives.

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum has a long legacy in our community, and an enduring commitment to its mission. With a ninety year history, a stable budget, strong leadership and magnificent collection, we aim to continue to be a strong, solid voice for local history, education, and preservation. The Museum's beautiful campus in downtown Santa Barbara is a celebrated treasure of the community and often plays host to events such as weddings and corporate events, which lend visibility and also help fund our operation.

Our organization's progress can be measured in many ways -- visitor attendance, engagement with our members and volunteers, thoughtful and well attended events, a open dialogue with our generous patrons, and positive public relations.

Our Research Department produces three issues of Noticias, the Museum’s scholarly journal. Most recently, we completed the publication, Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and the Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig, a scholarly hardcover book with Rizzoli. On average over 28,000 guests, including many school tours, visited the Museum to explore, attend public functions and utilize the research library, and visit the historic homes (Fernald Mansion c. 1880s). Additionally, many others explored the Museum’s satellite exhibits at the Historic Terminal of the Santa Barbara Airport and the transitional exhibition Healing Arts Program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

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Santa Barbara Historical Society A California Corp

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?