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Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House

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Address: 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Phone Number: 8056887889
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For a "small" museum there sure is a lot to see!

My husband and I actually live in the area of the museum, but had never been. Upon arrival we were captivated by the gorgeous, native plant and wildflower garden in front. Having... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Solvang, California
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Solvang, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My husband and I actually live in the area of the museum, but had never been. Upon arrival we were captivated by the gorgeous, native plant and wildflower garden in front. Having not called ahead of time, we discovered that the museum is only open Wed. through Sun., but they let us anyway, along with a lovely lady that we... More 

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Current special exhibit is Samurai armor, which I found fascinating. Would have been better with more explanation of what was being exhibited - how things are made, used, preserved, restored. The carriage house has (as the name suggests) - horse-drawn carriages. The one motorized vehicle is a school bus from the early 1900s. There are stagecoaches, mail and delivery wagons,... More 

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Lompoc, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This gem of a museum is one of a kind, with a walk through history beginning in the pre-Columbian era when over 10,000 Chumash Indians lived in the region. One can literally walk through the history of the Santa Ynez Valley by walking thorugh many exhibit spaces. The adobe style courtyard and exhibit areas are inviting and host to many... More 

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Santa Ynez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is a cute little museum in the middle of the town of Santa Ynez, with a slice of history from the area's early days. Lots of old horse drawn carriages and a small museum bringing a slice of history to tourists and locals.

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Palm Springs, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is the perfect antidote to all that sugar and fake Europe in Solvang. The town is a little gem with its board and batten false fronts. The museum is a delight with a saddle and tack collection, indian baskets, and the amazing carriage collection. You can easily spend an hour taking in the details and history of the carriages.... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

To see how travel and trade used to happen in the valley was a nice touch to our trip. All kinds of stage couches posh upscale coaches to mail carrier coaches to prisoner transport coaches to coaches that carried the dead to their final resting place. It always amazing to me to go back in time to see how we... More 

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Los Olivos, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The demure facade of the SYV Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House hides an astonishing collection of mudwagons, carriages, stagecoaches, surrys, and other wheeled wonders, including an early attempt at an auto crafted by the local smith. the various "Valley" rooms offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of this cowboy Shangri-La, even the old one-room jail is there. Well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Being that I'm a fan of visiting museums, I knew I wanted to visit the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House, but I did not realize just how much I was going to enjoy it. From the outside, the museum looks nice, and, when you enter, it gets even better. The docent who greeted us was very... More 

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Mountain Center, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I love history so this museum was right up my alley. There are numerous displays that represent the ranching background of the valley with good explanations about the saddles and ranching tools. There are displays of the history of each of the local communities, with explanations and artifacts. The railroad display was particularly informative. If you went to Santa Ynez... More 

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Thousand Oaks
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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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