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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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- Sep 28, 2014
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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163 reviews 163 reviews
30 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
16 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Paso Robles Wine Region, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
7 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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