Special Events and Tours


"My Favorite Things" Executive Director Tour 

Join Dr. Monica Orozco, Director of the Archive-Library, on a tour of her favorite things at Mission Santa Barbara! You’ll visit private areas of the Mission that have never been open to the public. Enjoy a fascinating exploration of Mission history, including the art and artifacts that help to tell the many stories of early California and Franciscan/Chumash cultural contact. Highlights include the Mission Church as an illustration of the importance of Chumash and Hispanic artisans, documents from the founding of Santa Barbara, 21 paintings of the California Missions by Edwin Deakin and other art from the collections of the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library, and the original Mission tabernacle.

Call (805) 682-4713, ext. 166, or email museumtours@sboldmission.org to reserve your space.

Adults, Seniors, and Youth (12 and up) $40.00

No children under 12

(Maximum of 20 people per tour)

Dates: No tours scheduled. Contact us to schedule this exclusive tour!

Behind the Scenes at the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library

Go behind the scenes at SBMAL, one of the oldest libraries in California! This guided tour of areas not normally open to the public will be led by one of our archivists and will bring you face-to-face with some of the collection's greatest treasures. Take in the beautiful works of art, centuries-old rare books, and invaluable historical documents that date to the days of the Spanish Empire in North America, and to the founding of Santa Barbara itself.

Thursdays and Fridays at 1:00 p.m. (except public holidays, and at the discretion of SBMAL staff). Tour schedule subject to change.

Adults (18-64) $16

Seniors (65+) $14

Active Military (w/ID) $14

Youth (12-17) $11


No reservation required; first come, first served; no children under 12. For information, call (805) 682-4713, ext. 166, or email museumtours@sboldmission.org. Ask at the Tour Desk about package deals!

Mission Treasures Tour

Old Mission Santa Barbara and the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library invite you to join us for our Mission Treasures Tour!


This 90 minute docent-led tour will take you on a fascinating historical journey to learn about the Mission’s unique architecture and breathtaking artwork, and to view some of its most precious treasures in areas not normally open to the public (including the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library).


Dates: No tours scheduled. Dates soon to come!

Time:  12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


$20 per person (all proceeds support the Mission and SBMAL)

Advance reservation required. Call (805) 682-4713, ext. 166, or email museumtours@sboldmission.org. No children under 12.

We are taking a winter hiatus during the month of January and will not be able to respond to research inquiries during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to returning in February. Thank you!