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SANTA YNEZ VALLEY FREE MUSEUM DAY  MARCH 7, 2010



Solvang--Santa Ynez Valley, California — The Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association (SYVVA) put together an annual, popular event, “FREE Museum Day”, which offers admission into seven valley museums free.

Wildling Art Museum celebrates a new location and spacious building, with the mission of connecting 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.2928 San Marcos Avenue , Los Olivos, CA. wildlingmuseum.org
Open: 10:00 am-4:00 pm (for Museum Day) Phone: 805-688-1082

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House traces 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 boasts the largest collection of American made horse-drawn carriages the Western USA . Educational presentations, tours, changing exhibits and community events celebrate Valley history.
3596 Sagunto, Santa Ynez, CA. santaynezmuseum.org
Open: 10:00 am-4:00 pm (for Museum Day) Phone: 805-688-7889

Old Mission Santa Ines Museum was founded in 1804 and now is on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the 19th in the chain of 21 Missions throughout California. Mission Santa Inés posses a collection of paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts used in and around the Mission throughout its history. 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA. missionsantaines.org
Open: 9:00 am-5:00 pm (every day) Phone: 805-688-4815

Los Alamos Historical Display documents the founding of this charming Central Coast town. Ranchers John Bell and James Shaw established Los Alamos in 1876 as the United States celebrated its 100th anniversary. Find out more about this western-style town at the exhibits in the historic T &T building. Bell (Hwy 135) & Helena Streets, Los Alamos, CA. losalamosinfo.com
Open: 10:00 am-4:00 pm (for Museum Day) Phone: 805-260-8233

Hans Christian Andersen Museum, documents the life of H. C. Andersen (1805-1875). Considered the father of the modern fairy tale, this Danish author's works are considered classics and enjoyed by children around the globe.  “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.1680 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA. bookloftsolvang.com/museum.htm
Open: 9:00 am-5:00 pm (every day) Phone: 805-688-2052



Elverhoj Museum of History & Art  is 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. Special events today include a scavenger hunt for children with prizes; bobbin lace making and Danish craft demonstrations and more. 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang, CA.  elverhoj.org
Open: 10:00 am-4:00 pm (for Museum Day) Phone: 805-686-1211


Buellton Historical Society History Room chronicles Buellton's roots. 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. Discover more about Service Town and the Buell Ranch in the History Room located in Andersen’s Pea Soup Restaurant above the gift shop.
, 376 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, CA.  buelltonhistory.org
Open: 10:00 am-4:00 pm (for Museum Day) Phone: 805-688-7829