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Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House

3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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Ranked #2 of 4 attractions in Santa Ynez
Type: Specialty Museums
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- Mar 31, 2014
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Thousand Oaks
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156 reviews 156 reviews
28 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

From the street this place looks too small to hold much of interest but it is surprisingly good. They have a large, well restored and maintained collection of carriages and stagecoaches as their chief claim to fame. They also do a good job of telling the history of the valley with pictures and artifacts. While we were there they also... More

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Santa Ynez, CA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, this is a lovely little local museum is also home to one of the largest collections of carriages and coaches in the U.S., along with a beautiful collection of saddles, tack and vaquero and western historical items. The carriage collection is astonishing and wonderful. This museum is often missed by visitors to the Santa Ynez Valley... More

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Santa Ynez, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I always like to know how the area I'm visting came to be and this little musuem does that. Impressive collection of carriages and old equipment

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We've been to many county museums but we were surprised at the carriage collection. They are beautifully restored and include a popcorn wagon, pie wagon, stage coaches, and a Model T school bus (the only motorized one here). I'm not usually fascinated by western items, but the saddles were wonderful. The hand-tooling and silver alone made this museum worth a... More

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Santa Maria, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Surprisingly interesting. Excellent display about local history, the history of stagecoach travel in Santa Barbara county as well as local railraod history

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arroyo grande
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

The museum is a "Must" for horse carriage lovers. It truly reflects the good old days of the West. They also have many exhibits of life in the Santa Ynez Valley in the early years of its founding.

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Montreal
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84 reviews 84 reviews
5 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Don't let the small exterior of the building that houses the museum fool you, there are other buildings in the back and lots to see. There is lots of local history as well as all kinds of western paraphernalia on display. Especially interesting are all the different stagecoaches clustered in a huge shed at the back of the museum. We... More

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Santa Clarita, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stopped on the way home at the museum and it was really well done. Informative, many stage coach, carriages, western apparatus. Small fee to enter.

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Bakersfield, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This museum doesn't look like much in the front, but it is a great place to see local history! They have a huge building in the back with a large collection of stagecoaches - fun to see! Our tour guide was a natvie to the area who's family had been there for generations - very helpful and great to get... More

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san diego
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Don't miss this wonderful museum with exhibits chronicling the early pioneer history of the area. Their stage and coach exhibit was the best and most extensive I have ever seen. They have the only Model T school bus on exhibit in the US. Admission is $4.

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