Mission Santa Bárbara Museum Page 1

Tour map

You enter the museum from the gift shop. The first room (#1 on the map) contains a discussion of the Chumash Indians and their culture on the Central Coast (see the MissionTour Chumash page for a discussion of this topic).

Room #2 on the tour contains a description of the building process for the Mission and presents several diagrams of the Mission at various times. The most complete of these is reproduced on the Map page of this section. Various construction techniques are also shown. The picture here shows how roofing tiles were constructed by forming them over a large wooden form.

Tile making
Picture taken 10:20am 5 Jul 2001

Moving into room #3 we see a fairly complete reconstruction of a missionary bedroom. It’s clear that not all missions had all of these furnishings; but showing them all in one place gives you a good idea of the types of things around during the mission period.

Padre bedroom
Picture taken 10:20am 5 Jul 2001

Padre bedroom
Picture taken 10:20am 5 Jul 2001

Room #4 contains various pieces of Chumash Indian art. Of particular note are the three large statues in this room. They are the Faith, Charity, and the original St. Barbara from the façade of the church before the earthquake of 1925 damaged them. These are the only known examples of large Indian-made sculptures made in California. They were all carved as single objects; not constructed of smaller pieces. The original statue called Hope was lost before the 1880s (Hope being lost in the 1880s being a standing Mission inside joke).

Faith
Faith
Picture taken
10:22am 5 Jul 2001

St. Barbara
Hope
Picture taken
10:22am 5 Jul 2001

Charity
Charity
Picture taken
10:22am 5 Jul 2001