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Address: 129 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
Phone Number: 805/962-2353 or 805/982-2353
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Great event venue

If you need a cheap venue for a party, this place is great. Management is easy and you can decorate however you choose. I'd stick with the western theme, bring in the cowboys... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

If you need a cheap venue for a party, this place is great. Management is easy and you can decorate however you choose. I'd stick with the western theme, bring in the cowboys and kick up your heels. It's fun to see the museum and all the old carriages too.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Great to take children to show them how the west was conquered by the various coaches/carriages that made their way out West. Free Admission. A 30 minute sojourn that's worth the stop.

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Don't know how I missed this museum on our last visit since it was only a block from our Inn. Small, interesting, historic and novel. QWuick stop at own pacewith a well done presentation of old Cal relics.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I acted in a documentary video which we shot here and other historic locations in Santa Barbara. The carriage museum is really well done with a nice old Western bar set, a stagecoach and many other artifacts of the West. Free parking. Located next to the baseball fields and tennis courts used by SBCC and it's two blocks from the... More 

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Janesville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Santa Barbara is known for its colonial Spanish history--and celebrates it with the annual Fiesta. The Carriage Museum on lower Bath St near the beach houses the Fiesta regalia of saddles, carriages and historical items that brings the past alive. Craftsmanship, showmanship, pride of heritage merge to make this a must see.

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CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I'd lived in the area for many years before I took the opportunity to visit the Carriage Museum... and then wondered why I didn't visit it sooner! There are some amazingly beautiful examples of "the old west" including a Silver Saddle and perfectly conditioned carriages.

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Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

Saw a sign for this museum on a walk down to the beach from our hotel. Thought we would stop and check it out. What a cool museum about our history. All sort of different carriages, saddles, and old guns. Take the time to check this place out if you get a chance. Only open M-F 9 to 3. Definitely... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

I didn't know what to expect, but when we walked in I knew instantly. Wagons of all shapes and sizes from hearses to baby carriages. An overall western frontier feel. Rifles and saddles line the wall, along with chaps and spurs. The western town is really cool to see, and if you come before the Spanish Days festivals, you can... More 

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This museum really has more saddles than carriages. You can look at them and follow the evolution of saddle styles over the years. It also has an excellent display of saddles with silver mountings which were probably parade saddles. The entire perimeter of the inside walls is covered with an Edward Borein frieze. The museum has no entry fee, just... More 

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santa barbara, california usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

It's a little known spot in Santa Barbara even for the locals but it's a treasure and an exciting look at the way things were. The collection of saddles and tack, the Ed Borein art work, the old carriages and stage coaches are among the things to see. It's also available for rent for special occasions.

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Address: 129 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
Phone Number: 805/962-2353 or 805/982-2353
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara

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