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Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House. 

Saturday is Museum Day in the Santa Ynez Valley and the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, and the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature will offer free admission and special activities throughout the day.

Visit all three museums on Museum Day for a chance to win one of four prize packages.

Elverhøj Museum of History & Art celebrates the history and Danish culture of Solvang and features changing exhibitions of contemporary art. Hands-on activities will be offered throughout the day: Try your hand at the intricate art of bobbin lacemaking, weave a Danish paper star, dress up and snap a selfie with a Viking, be amazed at demonstrations by a master papirklip artist, and visit the diorama cottage to see how different downtown Solvang looked in the 1920s. View artists’ books in the new exhibition ReOpening The Book and learn more at the bookmaking workshop, “Magical Feats & Eccentric Forms.” 

The museum is at 1624 Elverhoy Way in Solvang. For more information to go or call (805) 686-1211.

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House has one of the finest collections of saddles, tack, stagecoaches and horse-drawn wagons west of the Mississippi. Step back in time as you explore the history of California’s Wild West and be transported back to the 19th century with our newly installed Yosemite Stage exhibition. Enjoy freshly-popped popcorn as you stroll through the courtyard, and learn the unique history of each Santa Ynez Valley town.

The museum is at 3596 Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez. For more information go to or call (805) 688-7889.

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Wildling Museum of Art and Nature is featuring three exhibitions: The River’s Journey: One River, Six Artists, Ninety-Two Miles which explores the Santa Ynez River and watershed through the eyes of six local artists; Overview: the Aerial Photography of Bill Dewey with stunning images of the diverse landscape of the tri-county region and Climate Change: Students’ Perspectives from Santa Ynez Valley High School. Hands-on craft opportunities will take place all day plus a 2 p.m. screening of the documentary The Santa Ynez River Wilderness exploring the rich biodiversity of our region’s watershed.

The museum is located at 1511-B Mission Dr. in Solvang. For more information to go or call (805) 688-1082.