***The Courthouse is now open to visitors Monday through Friday 8AM - 5PM. Please note that visitors are subject to security screening. You may bring clear water bottles and refreshments in paper cups through security, but not thermal containers. Large bags are discouraged.
Welcome to the beautiful and historic Santa Barbara Courthouse
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The Docent Council will announce plans to resume docent-led tours soon.
Until then, please enjoy these self-guided tours.
The Courthouse story and the people behind it.
These tours will enhance your on-site experience. They can also be enjoyed remotely.
Many visitors are surprised to learn that the building is a working Courthouse, and also an Historic Landmark and community treasure! Completed in 1929 after a 1925 earthquake damaged much of the city, including an earlier Courthouse on the same block, the Spanish Colonial Revival style helped define Santa Barbara's look as the city rebuilt.