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Carriage & Western Art Museum

Address: 129 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
Phone Number: 805/962-2353 or 805/982-2353
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Ranked #42 of 147 things to do in Santa Barbara
Type: Art museums, Museums
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Type: Art museums, Museums

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Santa Barbara, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
20 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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75 reviews 75 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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77 reviews 77 reviews
43 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Santa Ynez, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

On a rainy day in Dec. we took the kids to this museum and came out 2 1/2 hours later - with great understanding of the Santa Ynez Valley, visions of stage coaches in our heads and lots of ideas about life in the early days.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

Located adjacent to the Inn by the Harbor, a great selection of restored carriages and stage coaches.

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New Jersey
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

Huge surprise! We thought it was small but not! This museum is large and fun and had many carriages and western wear, saddles decorationed in silver. The back room is a design set of a western street scene. We spent a good hour checking out, up close the many different carriages. All should visit!

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