First Thursdays at the Museum

5 - 8pm on April 2, May 7, June 4

"Cellar Series" Lost and Found - The Fashion of Beer Over Time

March 26, 5:30 pm

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Beer Lecture

Certified Cicerone Zachary Rosen will be hosting Lost and Found: The Fashion of Beer Over Time.

Guests will be taken on a tasting tour through the history of beer. Learn how certain beer styles were lost in time and which ones have been rediscovered.

Follow the history of beer from its origins in the Middle East to its technological contributions during the Industrial Revolution and the rise of American craft beer.

This intriguing evening of beer and history will include samples paired with food.

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Walking Tour- George Washington Smith & Lutah Maria Riggs

March 28, 9:30 am

Beginning at the Museum stroll the streets of downtown with architectural historian Rose Thomas to discover the work of two architects whose legacy continues with our own Santa Barbara Style.

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Artists of the Meridian - By historian Hattie Beresford

April 9, 5:30 pm

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Meridian Studios

Designed by George Washington Smith and Carleton Monroe Winslow in the 1920's, the enchanting Meridian Studios on De la Guerra Street has drawn more than its share of incredible artists. And no wonder; not only was the architectural concept of north-facing studios with living lofts appealing, but "meridian" signifies the point of highest development, the peak or zenith of one's profession.

Between 1922 and 1977, some 19 artists lived and/or worked at the Meridian as they strove to reach the apex of their careers. You are invited to hear their fascinating stories, and that of the studio itself. For a time, artists such as Spirit of the Ocean sculptor Ettore Cadorin; a homeless Huguette Clark; deaf cowboy artist Joe De Yong; portraitist Edith Catlin Phelps, the incredible Adele Herter, and ill-fated muralist Gordon Kenneth Grant found inspiration at the studios. Come hear their stories and those of a host of others who tarried for a while in the beguiling ambiance of the Meridian Studios.

Reservations required. $20 Members/ $25 Guests

QUAKE! Santa Barbara Remembers the 1925 Earthquake

May 7 - July 7

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Earthquake exhibit

Boom! At the dawn of June 29, 1925, our city shook with a 6.3 earthquake leaving much of downtown destroyed or heavily damaged.

Out of the rubble a new Santa Barbara would arise with the headline, "Spanish Architecture to Rise from Ruins".

Lecture - Santa Barbara Earthquake

May 28, 5:30 pm

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Neal Graffy

Neal Graffy will illuminate the Museum's Earthquake exhibit and introduce his latest book about the 1925 quake that changed our city (and style!) forever.

Lecture - Ray Strong

June 4 - August 30

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Holiday Party

In a community-wide celebration, the Museum will explore the work of Ray Strong.

As a founding member of the Oak Group, Strong influenced an entire generation of painters in Santa Barbara County.

Guest curator, Marlene R. Miller.

June 11, 5:30 pm (tentative date)

To complement our collaborative exhibition, our members will enjoy apresentation about legendary local artist Ray Strong.


July 18 - September 15

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Project Fiedsta

Experience the pageantry and fashion of Old Spanish Days, Santa Barbara's most cherished cultural festival for over 90 years.

Featuring vintage posters, restored costumes, artifacts and historical photos that connects our community and celebrates our traditions.


October 1 - January 2016

Santa Barbara Historical Museum ALEXANDER F. HARMER

Remembered as the first artist to open a studio in Santa Barbara and for his series of paintings of the California missions under Mexican rule.

Alexander Harmer's adobe on De La Guerra Plaza became a local gathering place for many of California premier artists.

Guest curator, Marlene R. Miller

La Fiesta del Museo

July 18

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Fiesta

Save the date.

James Osborne & Mary Craig

Fall, TBD

Santa Barbara Historical El Paseo

James Osborne Craig and his wife, Mary McLaughin Craig, are two of the most significant architects of Santa Barbara.

James Osborne designed the landmark El Paseo and Mary went on to design landmarks like Plaza Rubio opposite the Santa Barbara Mission.

Reservations are required for all lectures held at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. For more information on how you can sponsor an upcoming program, lecture or exhibition contact  « MEMBERSHIP »