Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Built in Spanish-Moorish-revival style, it's an absurdly beautiful place to stand trial. Marvel at hand-painted ceilings and intricate...
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
This thoughtfully curated, bite-sized art museum displays European and American masters – think Matisse and Diego Rivera – along with...
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
Stuffed with a hodgepodge of historical written artifacts, this detour is for history nerds and book and music lovers. One of a dozen...
At downtown's Granada Theatre, flickering candles and glowing lights fill this bar mixing unusual cocktails, pouring wines by the glass...
Downtown, this sunlight-splashed cafe stirs up a gourmet Southern-inspired menu that’s a masterpiece. From the cinnamon-apple beignets...
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Santa Barbara County Courthouse information
Built in Spanish-Moorish Revival style in 1929, the courthouse features hand-painted ceilings, wrought-iron chandeliers, and tiles from Tunisia and Spain. Step inside the hushed mural room depicting Spanish-colonial history on the 2nd floor, then climb El Mirador, the 85ft clock tower, for arch-framed panoramas of the city, ocean and mountains. You’re free to explore on your own, but you’ll get a lot more out of a free docent-guided tour, usually at 2pm daily and 10:30am on weekdays (except Thursday).