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Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House

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Called in to this museum on route to Solvang. Intended to kill 30 mins before Solvang hotel check... read more

Reviewed December 23, 2018

The stagecoach collection is outstanding. The stagecoaches are well preserved, and the differences... read more

Reviewed December 3, 2018
Santa Monica, California
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The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum is home to the an impressive collection of Horse drawn conveyances and Western Saddles as well additional rooms of exhibits depicting western life, art and fashion. The Valley Room houses the history of the...more
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3596 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460-9110
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Reviewed December 23, 2018

Called in to this museum on route to Solvang. Intended to kill 30 mins before Solvang hotel check in. Spent over an hour there thanks to the welcoming, dedicated, very informative staff and excellent exhibits. Reasonable admission fees and well worth the time.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

The stagecoach collection is outstanding. The stagecoaches are well preserved, and the differences in details among the stagecoaches are interesting to observe.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018

I would have LOVED to visit this museum, but their hours are very limited and they were never open when I could go. I'm sure it would have been very interesting.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed March 20, 2018

This well done local museum provides a fun stop for everyone on a Valley tour. A low cost admission lets you see how the Santa Ynez Valley evolved from its cowboy origins. Regularly scheduled special exhibits also update the collections. TIP: closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Joan H
Reviewed December 30, 2017

$5 donation per adult. Some interesting history and a great collection of old carriages in the museum. Takes about 15 minutes, are in town, help them out with a donation and take a quick self paced tour.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 18, 2017

The Vaquero Show and Sale happens the second weekend in November each year. This year had 40 vendors and a roping demonstration....from horseback. Don't expect to see the museum exhibits as the vendors are all over in front of them. If you want to see...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed November 8, 2017

An amazing collection of wagons and stagecoaches as well as other artifacts. Interesting for all ages.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Cayce M
Reviewed October 30, 2017

Few folks realize what a great museum this is. The Parks-Janeway Carriage house hosts a collection of wagons, buggies, stagecoaches and other horse drawn transportation that is the largest collection west of the Mississippi.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed October 15, 2017

Visited this quietly tucked away museum in Santa Ynez today. What a surprise to see a truly amazing collection of wagons, stagecoaches, surreys, sleighs and a 1925 school bus under one roof. There were one of kind examples of horse drawn transportation from the 19th...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed June 30, 2017

great info. very informative self tour when i visited.the information plaques were extremely well done! the carriages are a very special collection of early transportation. an absolute must see... if you are anywhere in the area. stop in! the docents were very helpful, knowledgeable, happy...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Bruce R
Teresa7889, Staff at Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2017

Thank you for visiting our wonderful Museum.

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