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: $$$ – $$$$
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.
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 www.sbsdc12.org 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.
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
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