Santa Barbara Historical Museum

This cultural landmark located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s historic district elicits the romance of early Spanish California.  The Santa Barbara Historical Museum’s grounds are perfect for large receptions and ceremonies or special occasions. The interconnected courtyards are distinguished by native and exotic landscaping accented with splashing fountains.   The property also offers the Casa Corvarubias, built in 1817, it is the last provincial seat of the Mexican Government and the Penthouse for more intimate events.

This is a Ceremony and Reception or Reception Only Venue.

For more information on pricing and availability contact (805) 966-1601.

Pricing: $$$ – $$$$

                                                 COST           DAYS
Both Courtyards and Plaza Terrace*            $6,000        Fri-Sat
Both Courtyards and Plaza Terrace             $5,000         Sun-Thu
Adobe Courtyard                                             $3,500         Sun-Thu
The Sala Gallery                                              $8,000        Anyday
The Penthouse                                                  $2,000         Anyday

up to 400 guests

Two Courtyards and Plaza Terrace, The Sala Gallery and The Penthouse

Over 250 guests requires rental of restrooms

Bridal Dressing Room:
A room is available with an attached restroom

Candles must be enclosed in protective containers.
$1,000 refundable cleaning/damage deposit required.

Time Allotments:
The rental time is six hours from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
The grounds open at 9:00 am for vendors. and must be off-site by midnight unless prior written arrangements have been negotiated 30 days in advance.

No self-catering is not permitted. Rental of kitchen necessary.  All bar and food service tables utilized on tile surfaces AND satellite kitchen space in parking lot require bar mats and tarps for grease.

Onsite parking is limited to Museum staff, gallery visitors, your event vendors and your event satellite kitchen. However the Santa Barbara School District parking lot is conveniently located across the street and provides fifty spaces that are available on weeknights and weekends. To reserve the lot, telephone (805) 963-4331 x305 or visit and link to “Facilities.”

Amplified music and live-band are permitted.

20 amp circuits are located throughout the Site. Additional energy is available from two theatrical panels; please contact Rental Coordinator to arrange.
Electrical generators are prohibited.

Alcohol Policy:
Client provides alcohol

What is Provided:
Fees include a Museum representative the day of your event as well as grounds keeping, and custodial services before your event. Security staff is provided if you are renting the Museum galleries.

Certificate of Insurance covering $1,000,000 general liability (naming the Museum as co-insured), and a list of your vendors is required 60 days prior to the event.

136 E. De La Guerra
Santa Barbara, Ca. 93101

Phone: 805-966-1601


Photographer: Michael & Anna Costa | Location: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Wedding Planner: Soigne Productions | Catering: SBB Gourmet | Florist: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Hair & Makeup: Team | Lighting/AV: Bella Vista Designs | Music: Pop Rocks| Videographer: Riviera Productions | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Linens: La Tavola | Transporation: Spencer's Limo