Anne & Michael Towbes Museum Store & Lobby

Book store

The Museum Store offers a variety of thought provoking and beautiful items that highlight our city's rich heritage: hard-to-find books, historic images, jewelry made by local artists, educational books and vintage toys for children, museum and exhibition publications, as well as unique gifts.

Santa Barbara historical museum store
A few of our wonderful and unique items can be found on the Museum's Amazon Store: You can make a purchase by

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Since 1955, readers have enjoyed exploring the rich heritage of Santa BarbaraCounty through the pages of the Museum's journal, Noticias. From the era of the Native American Chumash to our own 21st century, the key issues, watershed events and colorful personalities of our community's history come alive through vivid writing and vintage photography.
The most recent version of Noticias documenting the history of Westmont College is here as a PDF. To read it  « CLICK HERE »

Historic Santa Barbara
The Museum's hard-cover book illustrates the history of Santa Barbara from the original inhabitants, the Chumash, through the devastating Jesusita fire of 2009. The second half of the book profiles many Santa Barbara businesses, churches and non-profits. Authored by Neal Graffy. Cover image by Richard Schloss, courtesy of Helene & Jerry Beaver.

My Santa Barbara Scrapbook: Elizabeth Eaton Burton
Elizabeth Eaton Burton's pioneering work in the Arts and Crafts world raised her to national prominence in the early 1900s. An eclectic look at life, culture, and art at the turn of the 20th century, her memoir, My Santa Barbara Scrap Book, is an engaging narrative that transports the reader to Santa Barbara's past. Augmented with historical photos from the collections of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and elsewhere, the book also includes explanatory sidebars and many never-before-published color images of her incredible work in leather, shell, and metal as well as her later work in watercolor and woodblock prints. Authored by local historian Hattie Beresford and Director of Research Michael Redmon.

Above Santa Barbara
The Museum is pleased to present Above Santa Barbara, an aerial journey through captivating Santa Barbara which reveals never-seen-before views of the county's breathtaking landscape and coastline. Engaging narration highlighting the region's history and a sublime original music score enhance the Above Santa Barbara experience.To view footage or purchase a downloadable version click here  « CLICK HERE »