129 Castillo Street (inside Pershing Park)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Established in 1974, the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara is a non-profit organization with the mission to collect, display and preserve historic horse-drawn vehicles, saddles and western memorabilia. Stop by and inspect their collection, one of the largest in the United States. In addition, the Museum's collection of saddles is second to none. The collection includes saddles once owned by Will Rogers, Clark Gable, Cisco Kid, Jimmy Stewart plus others.
Bart Dickens of Dickens Innovations designed and built the western town facades at the museum, recently named Stagecoach Junction. Aged wood, 100 year old and square nails were just some of the materials used in the craftsmanship of this unique setting, perfect for the western theme events hosted at the museum.
First the Museum decorated a corner of the barn area to look like a cantina. It was Chuck Pressley's vision (Past Vice President) to make the saloon the beginnings of a western town. With the building of Stagecoach Junction, they've enhanced the educational value of a tour through the Carriage Museum by merging the vision of the town with the experience of the children as they study the history of west.
The museum is open the 3rd Sunday of the month. Docent tours are available without reservations from 1pm to 4pm and you can enter the museum via the front gate. The Carriage Museum also offers private tours for schools and groups by reservation.