April 18, 2014 – Local museums and cultural organizations are celebrating International Museum Day and invite the community to join them. Participating institutions include Casa de la Guerra, El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, Rancho La Patera & Stow House, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art―offering free admission on Saturday, May 18. Other organizations, such as Casa Dolores, Elverhoj Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara Historical Museum are typically free or appreciate a donation for admission, but are also encouraging visitors to support the spirit of this day.

International Museum Day has been celebrated all over the world since 1977. In 2013, 35,000 museums from 143 countries on five continents participated in the event―representing record-breaking involvement.

Each year, a theme is decided on by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Advisory Committee. For 2014, the theme is “Museum collections make connection.” This theme is a reminder that museums are living institutions that help creating bonds between visitors, generations and cultures around the world.

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 May 18:

Casa de la Guerra

15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara

Open Friday – Sunday 12 – 4 pm


On View: I See Beauty in this Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California

Casa Dolores

1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara

Open Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 4 pm (Will also be open Sunday, May 18. Refreshments will be served.)


On View: El Arbol de la Vida / The Tree of Life

El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park

123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara

Open daily 10:30 am – 4:30 pm


On View: Nihonmachi Revisited: Santa Barbara’s Japanese American Community in Transition, 1900-1940

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang

Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm


On View: Channing Peake’s Santa Ynez Valley and Vikings

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara

Open Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm


Rancho La Patera & Stow House

Goleta Valley Historical Society

304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta

Open Saturday and Sunday for tours at 2 pm and 3 pm


Santa Barbara Historical Museum

136 East De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara

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


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: Living in the Timeless: Drawings by Beatrice Wood amd Heavenly Bodies


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