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Founded in 1932, the museum is located in Santa Barbara's historic El Pueblo Viejo district. Through exhibitions, education, research, and publication, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum interprets over 500 years of history with collections from the Chumash, Mexican, Spanish, and American periods. The Museum's signature permanent exhibit, The Story of Santa Barbara, allows visitors to tour exquisite galleries which trace the compelling history of "The American Riviera" from the days of the Chumash to the twentieth century.