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Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Santa Barbara , CA
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LOCATION

136 E. De la Guerra Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 US (map)

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805-966-1601
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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... Read more
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. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Historic, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Rustic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
450
What event services do you offer?
Outside Vendors OK

REVIEWS

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Tara
Wedding:
10/30/2016
4.9/5.0
Absolutely fabulous venue! My husband and I held our ceremony and reception here and can't say enough good things about the staff and venue. We worked closely with Lyndsay for months leading up to our wedding date and she was incredibly gracious, patient, and professional with our many questions/requests.
Our wedding was absolutely magical. This venue is such a gem of the downtown area and made us feel like we were on vacation from real life. Our guests loved the venue as well and the space we had for our 100+ guest list was more than enough. Hands down best place we could've booked for our wedding!
Absolutely fabulous venue! My husband and I held our ceremony and reception here and can't say enough good things about Read more...
Absolutely fabulous venue! My husband and I held our ceremony and reception here and can't say enough good things about the staff and venue. We worked closely with Lyndsay for months leading up to our wedding date and she was incredibly gracious, patient, and professional with our many questions/requests.
Our wedding was absolutely magical. This venue is such a gem of the downtown area and made us feel like we were on vacation from real life. Our guests loved the venue as well and the space we had for our 100+ guest list was more than enough. Hands down best place we could've booked for our wedding! Read less
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Bonnie
Wedding:
10/1/2016
4.8/5.0
We loved having our wedding at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, it was one of our top picks and definitely was everything we were hoping for and more. In preparation for our wedding, everyone we worked with was always very responsive, nice, and personable. We had a few special requests closer to our wedding date which Lyndsay, their event manager, helped accommodate and made sure our day went without a hitch. She was awesome! We have no complaints - my husband and I along with our guests LOVED this spot as it's such a beautiful, historical venue in a great location. I just wish we could've had a longer event...10:00 pm came too quickly! :)
We loved having our wedding at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, it was one of our top picks and definitely was Read more...
We loved having our wedding at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, it was one of our top picks and definitely was everything we were hoping for and more. In preparation for our wedding, everyone we worked with was always very responsive, nice, and personable. We had a few special requests closer to our wedding date which Lyndsay, their event manager, helped accommodate and made sure our day went without a hitch. She was awesome! We have no complaints - my husband and I along with our guests LOVED this spot as it's such a beautiful, historical venue in a great location. I just wish we could've had a longer event...10:00 pm came too quickly! :) Read less
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Yatzie
Wedding:
9/4/2016
5.0/5.0
Such a beautiful venue! The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was everything I could have imagined on our special day.
Such a beautiful venue! The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was everything I could have imagined on our special day.
Such a beautiful venue! The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was everything I could have imagined on our special day. Read less
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Kara
Wedding:
9/2/2016
4.5/5.0
We couldn't end up having our wedding here since it wasn't available for our date, but it's beautiful and they're so friendly and helpful here. We checked it out on a day they were setting up a wedding and it was so rustic and
We couldn't end up having our wedding here since it wasn't available for our date, but it's beautiful and they're so Read more...
We couldn't end up having our wedding here since it wasn't available for our date, but it's beautiful and they're so friendly and helpful here. We checked it out on a day they were setting up a wedding and it was so rustic and Read less
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Kristina P.
Wedding:
8/19/2016
5.0/5.0
This is most hidden gorgeous venue in Santa Barbara! If you are looking for a true Santa Barbara style-esque wedding you cannot go wrong with the beautiful adobe style courtyards. My now husband and now live in the Bay Area but lived in Santa Barbara prior and wanted to find a venue in Santa Barbara that truly showcased the style and beauty that is SB and to share our love for this town to our guests! We wanted a central location and everything to be outside. We had our ceremony in the lower courtyard, held cocktail hour in the middle courtyard and then moved up to the upper courtyard for the ceremony. We only had about 120 people and the space can accommodate much more. You could easily do everything in the lower courtyard to save money as well. The grounds are just stunning and it fit our summertime, Southern California theme perfectly. The staff and Lyndsay (Rental Coordinator) were extremely friendly and easy to work with.
-Some things to note-it's not cheap, but the price is not outrageous and very much in line with other venues in the area (most likely much more affordable than a nice hotel as well and much better!) The plus side is that it's historical, unique and beautiful and you are not stuck in a cookie cutter banquet room. You can choose to be outside under beautiful lighting and there are also inside options as well.
-You have to bring everything in, such as rentals, etc. They have a list of recommended vendors are are flexible and allow you to be creative. We brought in our favorite Mexican food, Los Agaves and even had a churros served in the courtyard as a late night snack.
-No parking, although it's centrally located. We told guests to find parking, walk from their hotels or take an Uber or Lyft.
Beautiful spot and highly recommend!!!
This is most hidden gorgeous venue in Santa Barbara! If you are looking for a true Santa Barbara style-esque wedding you Read more...
This is most hidden gorgeous venue in Santa Barbara! If you are looking for a true Santa Barbara style-esque wedding you cannot go wrong with the beautiful adobe style courtyards. My now husband and now live in the Bay Area but lived in Santa Barbara prior and wanted to find a venue in Santa Barbara that truly showcased the style and beauty that is SB and to share our love for this town to our guests! We wanted a central location and everything to be outside. We had our ceremony in the lower courtyard, held cocktail hour in the middle courtyard and then moved up to the upper courtyard for the ceremony. We only had about 120 people and the space can accommodate much more. You could easily do everything in the lower courtyard to save money as well. The grounds are just stunning and it fit our summertime, Southern California theme perfectly. The staff and Lyndsay (Rental Coordinator) were extremely friendly and easy to work with.
-Some things to note-it's not cheap, but the price is not outrageous and very much in line with other venues in the area (most likely much more affordable than a nice hotel as well and much better!) The plus side is that it's historical, unique and beautiful and you are not stuck in a cookie cutter banquet room. You can choose to be outside under beautiful lighting and there are also inside options as well.
-You have to bring everything in, such as rentals, etc. They have a list of recommended vendors are are flexible and allow you to be creative. We brought in our favorite Mexican food, Los Agaves and even had a churros served in the courtyard as a late night snack.
-No parking, although it's centrally located. We told guests to find parking, walk from their hotels or take an Uber or Lyft.
Beautiful spot and highly recommend!!! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
4/16/2016
4.8/5.0
This historical museum is an amazing wedding venue! Its naturally beautiful, centrally located in Santa Barbara and provided a smooth and easy flow from our ceremony to cocktail reception to dinner and dancing.
We received so many compliments from
Guests about the venue! We looked at many venues but as soon as we saw the historical museum, we knew it was the one. We had to end the wedding at 10:00 pm but it's so close to downtown that we walked to a club with our friends and kept the celebration going!
This historical museum is an amazing wedding venue! Its naturally beautiful, centrally located in Santa Barbara and Read more...
This historical museum is an amazing wedding venue! Its naturally beautiful, centrally located in Santa Barbara and provided a smooth and easy flow from our ceremony to cocktail reception to dinner and dancing.
We received so many compliments from
Guests about the venue! We looked at many venues but as soon as we saw the historical museum, we knew it was the one. We had to end the wedding at 10:00 pm but it's so close to downtown that we walked to a club with our friends and kept the celebration going! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
We absolutely loved this venue. The SBHM staff were very helpful, responsive, and customer-service oriented throughout our entire wedding planning process. We made many trips to the venue prior to the wedding - someone at the Museum was always willing and able to help answer our many questions. The staff have lots of experience which we gleaned from when thinking through various aspects of our logistics.

The venue is absolutely beautiful, and quintessentially Santa Barbara. Everything was picture perfect (fountains running, flowers in bloom, property lights turned on, etc.) and in great working order. Our guests are still talking about how much they loved the venue and our wedding.

My only critique is that there are some limitations when it comes to preferred vendors. The Museum was able to work with us on our DJ and caterer, but do note that the company that arranges the lights is the only company contracted to do so (to their credit, they do a great job - our lighting looked fantastic - but just something to be aware of).

In short - I would hands down recommend the SBHM as a venue for a wedding. The venue is picturesque, the staff are responsive and helpful, and it makes for a very memorable experience for all.
We absolutely loved this venue. The SBHM staff were very helpful, responsive, and customer-service oriented throughout our Read more...
We absolutely loved this venue. The SBHM staff were very helpful, responsive, and customer-service oriented throughout our entire wedding planning process. We made many trips to the venue prior to the wedding - someone at the Museum was always willing and able to help answer our many questions. The staff have lots of experience which we gleaned from when thinking through various aspects of our logistics.

The venue is absolutely beautiful, and quintessentially Santa Barbara. Everything was picture perfect (fountains running, flowers in bloom, property lights turned on, etc.) and in great working order. Our guests are still talking about how much they loved the venue and our wedding.

My only critique is that there are some limitations when it comes to preferred vendors. The Museum was able to work with us on our DJ and caterer, but do note that the company that arranges the lights is the only company contracted to do so (to their credit, they do a great job - our lighting looked fantastic - but just something to be aware of).

In short - I would hands down recommend the SBHM as a venue for a wedding. The venue is picturesque, the staff are responsive and helpful, and it makes for a very memorable experience for all. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. We held our ceremony in the lower courtyard and our reception in the upper courtyard with around 150 guests. Erica and Katherine were both great to work with and very flexible- we had an Indian wedding with a horse and all, and the staff at the museum were very accommodating. I liked how we could choose almost all of our own vendors.

The only drawbacks are the museum has a strict cut off at 10pm because of a city noise ordinance. Also you'll need to rent absolutely everything if you want to have your reception here. It's a beautiful space so you don't need to embellish it much, but I was a bit taken back by how expensives rentals were for everything we had to bring in.

Overall it was definitely worth it though and I'm really glad we chose to have our wedding here. It really does offer the best of Santa Barbara with the architecture, open courtyards, and views of the mountains.
We had a great experience at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. We held our ceremony in the lower courtyard and our Read more...
We had a great experience at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. We held our ceremony in the lower courtyard and our reception in the upper courtyard with around 150 guests. Erica and Katherine were both great to work with and very flexible- we had an Indian wedding with a horse and all, and the staff at the museum were very accommodating. I liked how we could choose almost all of our own vendors.

The only drawbacks are the museum has a strict cut off at 10pm because of a city noise ordinance. Also you'll need to rent absolutely everything if you want to have your reception here. It's a beautiful space so you don't need to embellish it much, but I was a bit taken back by how expensives rentals were for everything we had to bring in.

Overall it was definitely worth it though and I'm really glad we chose to have our wedding here. It really does offer the best of Santa Barbara with the architecture, open courtyards, and views of the mountains. Read less
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Krissy
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was the perfect venue for our wedding ceremony and reception. Erica and Katherine were both extremely helpful in planning our event. We held our ceremony in the lower courtyard and had the reception in the upper courtyard and it was truly the perfect space for 125 guests. We were so happy with our decision to celebrate our big day at this venue!
The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was the perfect venue for our wedding ceremony and reception. Erica and Katherine were Read more...
The Santa Barbara Historical Museum was the perfect venue for our wedding ceremony and reception. Erica and Katherine were both extremely helpful in planning our event. We held our ceremony in the lower courtyard and had the reception in the upper courtyard and it was truly the perfect space for 125 guests. We were so happy with our decision to celebrate our big day at this venue! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
5/30/2015
4.8/5.0
Santa Barbara Historical Museum is an amazing venue and was more beautiful on the night of our wedding than I ever could have imagined. It's a magical place! We had a great experience there. As a result of the historic nature of the site there are a lot of rules surrounding the use of the space, but I found the staff to be very reasonable and responsive regarding our requests. It also helps that they have a lot of weddings and really know what they're doing. I would recommend SBHM to any bride getting married in Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Historical Museum is an amazing venue and was more beautiful on the night of our wedding than I ever could Read more...
Santa Barbara Historical Museum is an amazing venue and was more beautiful on the night of our wedding than I ever could have imagined. It's a magical place! We had a great experience there. As a result of the historic nature of the site there are a lot of rules surrounding the use of the space, but I found the staff to be very reasonable and responsive regarding our requests. It also helps that they have a lot of weddings and really know what they're doing. I would recommend SBHM to any bride getting married in Santa Barbara. Read less
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