FREE Museum Day is this Saturday, March 7th!

2015 SYV Free Museum DayAre you and your family looking for something for fun and for free this weekend? Check out “Santa Ynez Valley Free Museum Day” this Saturday, March 7. You can experience Wildling Museum, 1511 Mission Drive, Solvang. The Wildling connects people with the wonder of America’s wilderness through great art, nature-related classes, special events and rotating exhibits throughout the year including free craft activities for kids. This Saturday, enjoy a special free screening of the movie “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” at 3pm.

Elverhoj ExteriorImmerse yourself in Danish living history from the Vikings to contemporary at Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, 1624 Elverhoy Way,Solvang.  Located in a historic handcrafted Danish-style structure, the Elverhøj showcases Solvang’s rich history and the Danish-American pioneer spirit of the town’s founders. Fond of fairytales?

thumb_hans-christian-andersenDon’t miss the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, 1680 Mission Drive, Solvang. Andersen  is considered the “father of the modern fairy tale” including such faves as “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “The Princess and the Pea.” This museum is filled to the rafters with copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, silhouettes and memorabilia; housed in a second story garret above The Book Loft.

OldMissionSantaInes-Solvang-creditSYVVA-DaveRetzFounded in 1804 and now on the National Register of Historic Places, the 19th in the chain of 21 Missions throughout California, Old Mission Santa Ines Museum, 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang; proudly posses a collection of paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts used in and around the area throughout its history.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House, 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez; traces Santa Ynez Valley history from the early Chumash Indians through its 20th-century ranching days. The Carriage House boasts the largest collection of American made horse-drawn carriages the Western USA. Educational presentations, tours, changing exhibits and community events celebrate local history. Can you visit them all? Here’s a map to help you explore!