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Santa Barbara Arts and Culture

Santa Barbara has a full menu of must-see historical sites, celebrated theaters and music venues, and a wide range of museums. Many of these cultural sites are within walking distance of Hotel Santa Barbara and give visitors a glimpse of the vibrant history and current culture of Santa Barbara. Make sure to check out Santa Barbara’s cultural calendar to help plan your evenings of music, dance, performing art or film.


Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art is a free art museum located above Paseo Nuevo mall.
653 Paseo Nuevo, Upper Arts Terrace – (805) 966-5373

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

One of the nation’s premier museums with important holdings of fine art.
1130 State Street – (805) 963-4364.

Theater & Music:

Lobero Theatre

The Lobero is California’s oldest, continuously operating theatre.
33 E Canon Perdido St. – (805) 963-0761

The Granada Theatre

Performance art, music, opera and symphony.
1214 State St. – (805) 899-2222

Santa Barbara Bowl

Beautiful outdoor amphitheater featuring an array of performers.
1122 N. Milpas St.  – (805) 962-7411

Museums and Historic Sites:

Museum of Natural History Sea Center

The sea center is located on Stearns’ Wharf with interactive exhibits about our local oceans.
213 Stearns Wharf (805) 962-9111

Old Mission Santa Barbara

The Mission’s commanding position and grand proportions, graceful lines and soft, blending colors
all reinforce her title, “Queen of the Missions.”
2201 Laguna Street – (805) 682-4713

El Presidio de Santa Barbara

123 East Canon Perdido Street (805) 966-9719

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

One of Santa Barbara’s most beautiful landmarks. Great view from the clock-tower. Free tours.
1100 Anacapa Street – (805) 962-6464

Santa Barbara Historical Museum/Covarrubias Historic Adobe

This is where the last Mexican Capitol of California was located. Built in 1817.
136 E. De la Guerra Street – (805) 966-1601


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