Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Santa Barbara




Founded in 1932, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum is located in the historic El Pueblo Viejo district. Evoke the romance of early Spanish California by celebrating your wedding or special occasion on the grounds of this cultural landmark. Enjoy the ambience of two private, interconnected courtyards distinguished by native and exotic landscaping and accented with splashing fountains. This venue is ideal for outdoor celebrations. The Museum Courtyard is an idyllic setting for your romantic Santa Barbara wedding. Exchange vows under a dreamy wooden pergola, which you can accent with drapes and flowers. Host your reception alfresco for a true night of dancing under the stars. Use string lights, banners, and lounge patio furniture to complement the space. Or opt for an event tent that you can dress up with dazzling chandeliers. For intimate, indoor settings, host your ceremony or cocktail reception in one of the sophisticated galleries. The rental coordinator will work with you to make sure your Santa Barbara wedding is all you want and more.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Museum/Gallery, Modern


Outdoor Ceremony, Outdoor Reception


Max Outdoor Ceremony: 500 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 500 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 9:00AM. Events must end by 10:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $3,500 to $8,000 for a ceremony and reception and includes 6 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged prior to 4:00PM for a fee of $500/hr. A refundable security deposit ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 is required. Please inquire with the venue's wedding coordinator for other rental rates available for smaller group weddings.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Santa Barbara Historical Museum is estimated at between $17,666 and $32,250 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Wedding planning services
Bride's dressing area
Ceremony arch
Day-of coordinator
No kitchen
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

Wedding coordinator required
BYO alcohol
General liability insurance required
Choose from a list for catering
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 10:00PM

Wedding Day Availability (Last updated Apr 13, 2015)

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