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SAMURAI…The Warrior Horsemen of Japan

Saturday, May 30   Museum Member and Friends

Exhibit Preview
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm    

$40 per person    $70 per couple

Reservations a must. Limited space available for this special reception.

Enjoy fresh sushi, authentic Japanese appetizersand sake with an amazing performance by Japanese taikodrum group. Includes private tour by collection owners.

For eight centuries, the Samurai were an honored part of Japanese society. Pledging their lives to the protection and service of the ruling Shoguns, the Samurais were among the most skilled and disciplined warriors of all time.

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum brings a world class exhibit of authentic Samurai warrior armor and accessories to Santa Barbara County.

Fascinating, historical and terrifying at the same time, this private collection of Japanese Samurai warrior armor has never been displayed in public – and will never again. The exhibit features nine authentic Samurai armor suits along with Samurai helmets, ceremonial coats, foot coverings and weaponry.

Supported by an educational catalog with beautiful photographs and descriptions of each collection piece, this unique, historically rich exhibit is not to be missed.

Make reservations and payment for Preview Reception here online or call the Museum at (805) 688-7889.

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Exhibit Preview Reception


Saturday, June 6  

Public Opening

Free to Members     $5 for Non-Member

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm Tour of exhibit andSanta Barbara Kendo Dojoperformance in the Museum courtyard at 5 pm. Families welcome! No advance reservation needed for June 6 opening



Join us for a Unique Summer Camp Experience at the
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum

Featuring Fun, Western Themed Activities for Ages 7–11 years


SESSION I June 22 – 26

SESSION II July 6 - 10

Have a Blast this Summer!

Riding our ponies

Check out our baskets
Learn archery skills from certified instructor, dutch oven cooking in camp trail style, learn new frontier games and crafts, churn your own ice cream, join a drum circle, make your own paper, enjoy live farm animal guests and much, much more!

Moms and Dads will like that this camp offers lots of outdoor fresh air and fun!

Our camp counselors are teachers and have developed a fun and creative summer camp that your child will remember for a lifetime. Low camper to counselor ratio; snacks, fun exercise, new friends and more!

Two week-long sessions for your lil’ wranglers!

Session I June 22 - 26 9 am – 1 pm (7 – 11 yr olds) $150/wk
Session II July 6 - 10 9 am – 1 pm (7 – 11 yr olds) $150/wk


Cooking up lunch in a Dutch oven

Happy camper with pony

Click here for Camp Brochure - outside

Click here for Camp Brochure - inside

Register now by calling the Museum (805) 688-7889 or on-line.

Wild West Camp - 7–11 yr olds


Bruce Sandifer showing
some roping techniques

Checking out the cowboy saddles

Stagecoach fun!

Learning about horses

Making butter to go
on cowboy cornbread