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Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House

Address: 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in Santa Ynez
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums

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Palm Springs, CA
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92 reviews 92 reviews
38 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

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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25 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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Hawaii
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64 reviews 64 reviews
23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 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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192 reviews 192 reviews
42 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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