In an era of non-stop text-messaging, virtual reality and on-line everything, finding avenues to live tangibly can be somewhat challenging. Fortunately, there are over 17.500 key places in the U.S. that can help bridge the gap between the virtual and tangible…museums. Consider becoming an explorer of humanity for the day or even a just few hours. Why not take advantage of these simple yet unique opportunities to learn about our past, present and potential future. Be inspired & enriched, support community and take part in a real cultural conversation!
The enchanting towns of the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos, Buellton and Solvang are kicking off a week of museum celebration with a FREE museum day Saturday March 3. This Fifth Annual Museum Week runs from March 3 – 10 and offers an opportunity for your whole family to explore art, history and cultural inspiration in the valley’s local museums and feature many special events for the week. Sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association, the following museums will be participating:
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House traces Santa Ynez Valley history from the early Chumash Indians through its 20th-century ranching days. It boasts the largest collection of American made horse-drawn carriages in the Western US. Educational presentations, tours, exhibits and special celebrate bountiful Santa Ynez Valley history. Activities include Chumash rock painting and other activities in the courtyard for the kids throughout the day, the ever popular 1906 Cretor Popcorn Wagon in front of the Museum popping up fresh, free popcorn for visitors, and 30 minute Carriage House tours at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
The Wildling Art Museum in Solvang is truly where art and nature meet! The Wildling’s mission connects people with the wonder of America’s wilderness through great art. The museum offers nature-related classes, special events and rotating exhibits throughout the year. On Museum Day, the museum will have free art craft activities for children.
The Elverhøj Museum of History & Art showcases Solvang’s rich history and the Danish-American pioneer spirit of the town’s founders. Museum Day events include living history demonstrations throughout the day and interactive activities for all ages. There will be a panel discussion titled “Themes and Variations.” at 4pm with artists whose work is in the “Original/Multiple” exhibition currently on display in the museum gallery.
Old Mission Santa Ines Museum, Solvang. Founded in 1804 and now on the National Register of Historic Places, the 19th in the chain of 21 Missions throughout California, Mission Santa Inés proudly possess a collection of paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts used in and around the Mission throughout its history.
Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Solvang. Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), is considered the “father of the modern fairy tale.” “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “The Princess and the Pea” are favorites among his more than 150 tales. The museum, filled to the rafters with copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, silhouettes and memorabilia, is housed in a second story garret above The Book Loft.
Los Alamos Valley Historical Display & Depot features exhibits in the vintage T &T Building & Train Depot. Learn about the history behind this western town established by ranchers John Bell and James Shaw in 1876 as the United States celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Buellton Historical Society History Room, offers a glimpse into the past of this charming ‘Service Town USA’ and the Buell Ranch. Conveniently located in Andersen’s Pea Soup Restaurant above the gift shop, stop in for a bit of history and a cup of the famous soup!
Make it a midweek rendezvous or a weekend immersion in the Santa Ynez Valley’s Museum Week celebration. Book your stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, making it your home-base for museum exploration perhaps coupled with a bit of world-class wine tasting.
Take advantage of great mid-week rates and join their Loyal Locals Dining Rewards Program offered exclusively by the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. Eat. Drink. Earn rewards. Satisfy your palate and earn points towards dining, overnight stays, discount offers and free gifts each time you dine at the Starting Gate Restaurant, Winner’s Circle Lounge, and Lobby Lounge at the Santa Ynez Marriott.