Museum Day Live

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

August 20, 2013

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, 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 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
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

MACA: Museums and Cultural Attractions of Santa Barbara logoSpearheading 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.

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

653 Paseo Nuevo, Upper Arts Terrace, Santa Barbara
Open Wednesday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday 11 am – 8 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm
On View: Call for Entries 2013: Julia Hickey, M. Helsenrott Hochhauser, Katy McCarthy, Marco Pinter, and Christopher Ulivo and Bloom Projects: Ro Snell, All That Is Left

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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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

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