Local Museums Offer Free Admission on September 28 for Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live Participants

On Saturday September 28, 2013, Santa Barbara-area museums will open their doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other participating venues for the 9th annual Museum Day Live! The participating local venues include Casa Dolores, Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, Rancho La Patera & Stow House, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Ty Warner Sea Center, and Wildling Museum―which will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encouraging learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.

Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. For one day only, participating museums will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

To download a free Museum Day Live! Ticket, visit Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! Ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2012 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

Spearheading this local effort is MACA (Museums and Cultural Attractions) of Santa Barbara, a consortium of marketing professionals from County nonprofit organizations dedicated to collaborative promotion of the region’s museums and cultural attractions.

Participating organizations and associated special exhibitions on September 28:

Casa Dolores

Center for the Study of the Popular Arts of Mexico

1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara

Open Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 4 pm


On View: Transportation ¡Dale!

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang

Open Wednesday – Sunday 11 am – 4 pm


Celebrating Solvang’s history and Danish culture

On View: Vikings! and Transitions: Wood as Art, showcasing fine craftsmanship of area furniture makers, turners and carvers with functional objects in beautiful, rare and exotic woods.

Rancho La Patera & Stow House

304 North Los Carneros Road, Goleta

Open Saturday – Sunday 1 – 4 pm


On View: Capturing The Goodland: Picturing the Beauty & History of the Goleta Valley

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara

Open daily 9 am – 6 pm


Santa Barbara Historical Museum

136 East De la Guerra, Santa Barbara

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm


On View: De la Tierra: The Art of the Adobe

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

113 Harbor Way Suite 190, Santa Barbara

Open every day (except Wednesdays and major holidays) 10 am – 6 pm (Memorial Day to Labor Day). Other days 10 am – 5 pm


Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1130 State Street, Santa Barbara

Open Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday 11 am – 8 pm


On View: Labour and Wait; Un/Natural Color; Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation and the Collection of Michael Armand Hammer

Ty Warner Sea Center

211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

Open daily 10 am – 5 pm


On View: JELLIES: Enter the mesmerizing world of JELLIES and watch these elegant animals as they undulate, pulse, and move gracefully through the water.

Wildling Museum

1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang

Open Wednesday – Monday 11 am – 5 pm


On View: Patrick O’Hara’s Art of California Natives: Selections from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden; The Nature of Water; Wilderness in Art: A Retrospective; Scultures of Bud Bottoms; and Visions of the Night Sky.


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