Santa Ynez Valley , California — The Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association (SYVVA) is pleased to announce the first-ever “FREE Museum Day” to be held on Saturday, March 1, 2008. The following six museums located in the Santa Ynez Valley will have FREE admission for all ages for the entire day:


Buellton Historical Society History Room, 376 Avenue of Flags, Buellton

          Open: 10:00 am-5:00 pm              Phone: 805-688-7829

In 1949, Buellton was named “ Service Town USA ” in recognition of the service stations, motels and diners lining a newly widened US Highway 101 through the center of town. Find out more about Service Town and the Buell Ranch in the History Room located in Andersen’s Pea Soup Restaurant above the gift shop.


Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang                  

          Open: 10:00 am-4:00 pm              Phone: 805-686-1211

Located in a historic handcrafted Danish-style structure, the Elverhøj Museum showcases Solvang’s rich history and celebrates the Danish-American pioneer spirit and the colorful heritage of Denmark . The Museum Gallery features changing exhibitions of regional, national and international art.


Hans Christian Andersen Museum, 1680 Mission Drive, Solvang

          Open: 9:00 am-5:00 pm               Phone: 805-688-2052

Honoring the multi-talented Danish father of the modern fairy tale,  such as "The Ugly Duckling", "The Little Mermaid", "The Emperor's New Clothes",  "The Princess and the Pea". This second story garret above the Book Loft store is filled to the rafters with copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, silhouettes and collages.


Los Alamos Historical Display, Bell (Hwy 135) & Helena Streets, Los Alamos

          Open: 10:00 am-5:00 pm              Phone: 805-260-8233

Los Alamos was established in 1876 as the United States celebrated its 100th anniversary. The founders John Bell and James Shaw named one of the main streets “Centennial” in honor of this event. Find out more about this western-style rural town at this newly opened historic exhibit.


Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum, 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez     

          Open: 12: 00-4:00 pm        Phone: 808-688-7889                            

Tracing Santa Ynez Valley history from the early Chumash Indians through its 20th-century ranching days. Featuring a running model train exhibit depicting the Pacific Coast Railway and early transportation history. The Carriage House has the largest selection of horse-drawn vehicles and carriages in the Western USA .


Wildling Art Museum, 2329 Jonata Street , Los Olivos                             

          Open: 11:00 am-5:00 pm    Phone: 805-688-1082                                                       

Located in the historic Keenan-Hartley House between Mattei’s Tavern and St. Marks Episcopal Church, the Wildling presents America ’s wilderness in art; plus offers nature-related classes, special events and rotating exhibits throughout the year.



          According to Executive Director Mary Harris, “This first-time event is a great way for residents and visitors alike to experience the incredible diversity of history, art, and culture in our Valley. Just look for the green flag at each venue. It’s a lot of fun for the whole family and best of all, it’s FREE!”


          SYVVA is a non-profit organization formed in 2001 with more than 100 members that conducts marketing activities promoting year-round tourism in the Santa Ynez Valley communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos , Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. For further information, contact Mary Harris, Executive Director at [email protected] or by calling 805-686-0053 or