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El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

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Address: 123 E Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: 805-965-0093
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perfect place to see local history

well worth an hour or so as you stroll near state street nearby. local history and culture in a very pleasant easy to take in small museum

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
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UK
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119 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've been to SB several times now, but this is the first visit to El Presidio Museum - when we took an English friend whose first time it is in California. Absolutely fascinating half hour in the place which is in part being restored archaeologically. The social history side of the original Presidio is SO interesting. At $4 each for... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The history in Santa Barbara is rich, and history lovers must visit this great historical park! You will not be disappointed visiting here. The office staff was very friendly and helpful, and the tour only takes about 30 minutes. I highly recommend going.

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19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The self guided walking tour was very informative if you do the whole thing it will take at least 1 hour, it cost 5$ for an adult. Definitely worth the money as it is a large place with numerous displays. It gives a good picture of what life was like for people in SB many years ago and the the... More 

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Garwood, New Jersey
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92 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I came here after exploring the Historical Museum. This was a great way to see how people used to live. Unfortunately though, there is a lot of construction, so the exhibits are not what they could be. I chose the self guided tour. The weather wasn't too bad when I was there, but I would not suggest this for people... More 

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Portland, OR
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68 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

This monument is in very poor condition, though restoration is in progress. Only a few rooms have any interpretive displays or artifacts and some rooms are empty and have some have big holes in the walls. There is a charge for admission that, though modest, seemed excessive for what is there, but hopefully the funds will go to improvements. Definitely... More 

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california
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344 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

well worth an hour or so as you stroll near state street nearby. local history and culture in a very pleasant easy to take in small museum

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Bakersfield, California
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192 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

This is an active site with both a dig in the back and tons of information on the Spanish, Mexico, Chumash, and Alta California connection. If you like history, California and unique visits then make this a stop. If you are eating lunch, go across the street and grab some food to enjoy in the courtyard. The presidio complex was... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Lovely garden, arbor, quiet and restful. Just the place to relax for a moment on a hot busy day. All the traditional art is freely and openly displayed in the different rooms of this old house.

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Pleasant Grove, Utah
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is where the Spanish occupation of the alluvial plain that would become Santa Barbara officially began. The city and county governments have taken great care to re-establish as much of the original adobe buildings in their correct locations as possible. The small, modest chapel is still operational and reflects the iconography and mural styles of the late 1700s. In... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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92 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I took the self guide tour, and enjoyed it. Great place to visit if you like history. They're doing a great job of restoration, and the employees were very nice.

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