Each town in the Santa Ynez Valley has its own unique personality and histories, built off of rich heritages and culture. Connect with a part of California’s history with nearby historical museums and education centers.
Hans Christian Andersen Museum
Address: 1680 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
Hans Christian Andersen Museum is located upstairs in the Book Loft building, 1680 Mission Drive. Here the multitalented father of the modern fairy tale is accessible through his books, sketches, paper cutouts, silhouettes and colleges.
Mission Santa Ines
Address: 1760 Mission Drive (Highway 246), Solvang, CA
This lovely Old Mission was 19th of 21 missions built in California from 1769 to 1836 by Franciscan priests. It was also the first European settlement in the Santa Ynez Valley. At the Museum you can see artifacts and works of early European and Indian art. Mass is celebrated daily. Gift shop available! Museum and Gardens Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum
Tel: 805-688-7889 for opening/closing hours and special displays.
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum & Parks-Janeway Carriage House. Located on the corner of Sagunto and Faraday Streets in downtown Santa Ynez, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society was founded in 1961 by a group of Valley residents dedicated to preserving the rich local history of the region. Eight fascinating rooms of history and memorabilia include Chumash Indian tribe heritage through 20th century ranching days. Of special interest is the Carriage House containing the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles and accessories west of the Mississippi!
Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum
Address: 320 Alisal Road, Downtown Solvang, CA
The privately owned Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum displays a broad variety of classic motorcycles at the Solvang Village Square. Open Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and during the week by appointment.