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About Us
The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society and its History Museum was organized in 1961 by a group of dedicated Valley residents who recognized the need to preserve and to celebrate the local history for future generations.

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum was officially opened on July 4, 1961 in a small two room building located in the heart of the Santa Ynez township. From this modest beginning the museum has grown into the present day very attractive and appealing series of rooms of history and memorabilia surrounding a beautiful patio courtyard. Thousands of volunteer hours of work have contributed to the museum's impressive growth.

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum is composed of exhibit spaces that include the Native American Room, the Museum Gift Shop, the Pioneer Room, the Jeannette Lyons Costume Room, the Valley Room and the Ellen Gleason Library that houses the museum book and archive collection.

Parks-Janeway Carriage House
Located adjacent to the old Santa Ynez jail (1885 – 1913) and across the museum’s early California style courtyard is the 7,500 square foot Parks-Janeway Carriage House, renown as one of the finest authentic carriage collections of its kind in the United States.

The Carriage House displays more than 36 carriages including a variety of wagons, carts, stagecoaches, and other historical modes of horse-drawn transportation. Also featured in the Carriage House is an outstanding display of saddlery including Visalia and Bohlin saddles, bridles, harnesses, and other tack.

  Museum Exhibits
  Carriage House
  Facility Rental
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  East Meets West
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  From Side Saddle
     to Astride
  Vaquero Vision
  If the Shoe Fits
  Borrowed Borein
  Mourning Glory
  The West on Wood
  Dressed to Impress
  Willy Chamberlin Tribute
  Samurai Warrior
    Horsemen of Japan
  Golden Age of California
    Women's City Fashions
  Rolling Through the West
  Shining through the
  Uncorked: The Evolution
    of Wine in the SY Valley
  Kimono: Traditions,
    Pattern and Symbolism
  Quilts of Family School
  SYVCH Pictorial History
  Walking Through History
  Hats on Parade
  Women's Fashions in the
    Baby Boomer Era
  Valley Views/Layers
  A Baby Boomer Christmas
  From Painted Caves to
    Mission Arches
  Vintage Wedding Dresses
  Ronald Reagan
  Quilting Thru the Ages
  Down on the Farm
  Rolling Through the West
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  Become a Member
  Volunteer Opportunities