Thursday, April 29, 2021

Santa Barbara History Museum is OPEN again.

Our hours:
Wednesdays, Noon to 5pm
Thursdays, Noon to 7pm
Fridays, Noon to 5pm
Saturdays, Noon to 5pm

The Gledhill Library will reopen for research appointments on May 6th.  You can explore the archive and find out more HERE.

Our virtual lecture series continues tomorrow with a talk about the Santa Barbara Courthouse by David DeSelm.  See below for more information and to register.

Thank you for your support and welcome back!
Dacia Harwood
Deputy Director

PS:  Make a much-needed donation HERE.
Virtual Lecture Series
History Happy Hour at Home

Our One-of-a-kind Courthouse
By David DeSelm

Wednesday, April 21 and 28
5:00 pm

 Grab a glass of wine and join us from your living room as urban design architect and historic preservation advocate David DeSelm shares the fascinating history of our Courthouse from design to National landmark distinction:

In part one, learn how losing an architectural design contest was one of the best things to happen to Santa Barbara and what inspired community leaders to decide that the Courthouse should be designed in the architectural style of southern Spain.

In part two, we'll look at key events and people who shaped the Spanish image of Santa Barbara, the unique and quirky design elements that make the Courthouse so special and the creativity of two architects whose talents produced such an extraordinary building.
all information and photos from the History Museum Newsletter.
 History Happy Hour at Home is a series of free talks hosted by the Museum.

For a full schedule of talks click here.

To view past talks click here.

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136 East De la Guerra
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Our mission is to inspire meaningful connections to Santa Barbara history.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara


Join us this Saturday morning as we learn how to create hanging mobiles using repurposed objects from around your home or items found outdoors. This workshop is a great way to find beauty in overlooked, everyday resources. We will explore how various materials can be used to create mobiles, and demonstrate how to construct, tie, and balance a hanging mobile.

This event is free to all and we encourage people of all ages to attend. See you there!

Thurs - Sun, 11am - 5pm
We are thrilled to have reopened our doors with a solo exhibition by Santa Barbara-based artist, Shana Moulton: The Invisible Seventh is the Mystic Column. Admission is free and no reservations are needed! 
5pm PST
Painters, Math Bass and Christina Quarles, join Author Suzanne Hudson for a conversation moderated by curators from MCASB and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Register here!  

MCASB members provide crucial support for our groundbreaking exhibitions and innovative community programming. Membership offers a variety of ways to engage with contemporary art, artists, and fellow culture seekers. Click here to learn more about membership benefits. 

(all photos and copy from the Museum of Art Newsletter)

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Santa Barbara Polo Season Information

          •  May 2nd - October 10th

We are very excited for the 2021 Polo Season!

At this time, we are offering the sale of our Cabanas and Tents for your enjoyment in our safe and distanced environment. Each cabana can accommodate 10 people and the Ocean / Mountain Tents 20 people maximum.

**Due to Covid Regulations - General Admission Ticket Sales are currently Not Available. We hope to be able to offer general admission tickets later in the season pending tier progression**

Benefits of a Cabana or Tent:

  • Private space to view Sunday matches for you and your guests
  • Dedicated Server offering The Fieldside Grill Menu
  • Each Tent / Cabana has its own speaker to hear Announcements
  • Lounge Furniture Provided
  • Opportunity to decorate tent for a Memorable Experience
  • Book Soon before we sell out!

Seasonal Social Membership:

  • $750 Single Membership / $850 Family Membership
  • Member Discounts for Boutique, Cabana and Tent Rentals
  • Includes Access to entire 2021 Polo Season with reservations up to 8 people

Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
3300 Via Real Carpinteria, CA 93013
(all information and photos from the SB Polo & Racquet Club

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Santa Barbara Botanical Garden celebrates Earth Month


Happy Earth Month!
It's always the right time to celebrate native plants and all they do for mother earth, but April has been deemed Earth Month, Native Plant Month, and Community Science month.
Earth Day takes place on April 22 and is recognized as the largest civic event in the world. The movement began in our own backyard in response to the 1969 oil spill, inspiring us to act towards the protection of the environment and focus on the need for conservation.
The Garden invites you to join us in celebrating uniquely beautiful Cal flora and take steps to make an impact in the face of a growing climate crisis. 

What You Can Do To Help:

Spend time in nature

Recharge at Garden this month. Let your child's imagination run wild in our Garden Casitas or explore the Garden through our flower-themed scavenger hunt. 
The Garden happily welcomes all dogs on leash, so bring your four-legged friend to get some fresh air. Please be respectful of our plants and others by cleaning up after your pup and keeping them on the trail.
Look for our designated "photo spot" chalkboard signs to find the best places to capture iconic photos of you and your loved ones.
Come by on Earth Day to find conservation tips throughout the Garden, native plant inspiration from our home demonstration display, or shop the largest selection of native plants in our Nursery. 
Get your Earth Day wildflower fix through a virtual stroll with Scot Pipkin, Director of Education and Engagement, as he Instagram livestreams in the Garden from 11am-12:30pm on April 22. 
All information and photos from the SB Botanic Gardens Newsletter

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 31-April 10


36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival
March 31 - April 10, 2021

What: Santa Barbara International Film Festival

When: The 36th annual festival is taking place this year March 31st - April 10th

Where: 140 Loma Alta Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 92054

How to Watch: For the first festival doing side-by-side beachfront drive-ins that will be offered for free to the general public, with a hybrid ticketing model for online attendees. All films will be available after the opening night and available for viewing immediately so you can spend your days binging top content from around the world (Netflix-style).

Links to passes: are available on

Who: International talent from the best in film will descend on SB via LIVE virtual tributes to talk about their careers and why these types of festivals are critical to the overall entertainment community.

Honorees and panelists include: Bill Murray, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, Riz Ahmed, Maria Bakalova, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Andra Day, Sidney Flanigan, Vanessa Kirby, Tahar Rahim, Zendaya, Carey Mulligan, and Delroy Lindo.

More: The festival will feature 47 world premieres and 37 U.S. premieres from 45 countries.

Top films to watch out for: Invisible Valley (Opening Night); Trees of Peace; The Conservation Game; Coast and Alaskan Nets.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center Opens!

 Information and photo from the SBMNH Newsletter and website.

Dear friends,

We're delighted to share that starting Friday, March 5, the Sea Center will be bringing exhibits outdoors from Friday–Sunday, 11:00 AM–4:00 PM (weather permitting). No reservations are required, and admission is just $7/person. Free for Members, join today.

Sign up for our free Change in the Weather workshop this Thursday, March 4 to get empowered for conversations about climate change, and join our next Science Pub From Home on Monday, March 8 to hear conservationist and TV presenter Stephanie Arne explain the international effort to save the remaining 1% of African Penguins.

Parents, registration is now open for Nature Adventures spring camps and classes for ages 4–12, and includes both online and at-home activities. Members receive discounts.

Finally, we invite you to join us for our next Natural History of Wine, Beer & Spirits on March 27 when we will explore the connection between entomology and the delicious wine produced by the Margerum Wine Company.
Your support keeps us a vital part of this place we all treasure.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Santa Botanic Garden Update


Early Blooms in the Garden!

Winter rains have started and the ceanothus is blooming! Look for fuzzy blue blooms around the Garden during your next visit, and be sure to stop by our Nursery to shop native plants for a beautiful, vibrant spring garden.
Native Plant Nursery

In the Meadow

Salvias of various sorts are starting to bloom around the Meadow as well as a few California Poppies.

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for seeding our meadow back in December!

Senior Free Days in 2021

Thanks to our generous sponsor, Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels, the Garden is providing six free admission days to Seniors 60 years of age and better in 2021. Seniors unable to visit in person can still experience the joy and beauty of the Garden through through virtual tours, fun videos, and our MeadowCam livestream on our website during each Senior Free Day!
Mark your calendars for:
  • February 24
  • April 21
  • June 16
  • August 18
  • October 20
  • December 15
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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of California native plants and habitats for the health and well-being of people and the planet.
Not a member? Join now at!

(all information and photos from the Newsletter)