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Santa Barbara Courthouse

Mural Room inside the historic Santa Barbara Courthouse

Historic County Courthouse
Built in 1929, Santa Barbara's County Courthouse is a popular National Historic Landmark — visited by people from around the world. The Spanish Colonial building is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, across from the Public Library.

Take a self-guided tour and check out its magnificent architecture, sunken gardens and lush landscaping. The interior features high ceilings and colorful imported tiles.

Mural Room
The Mural Room, located on the second floor, has beautiful hand-painted murals, spectacular ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers — it's a must-see.

Docent led Tours are offered FREE every day, except Sunday, beginning at 2pm in the Mural Room. Additional tours on Mon, Tues and Fri at 10:30am.

Note: Court may be in session during your visit, so don't be surprised if you see people (including a judge and lawyers) in one of the courtrooms during your tour. We peeked inside one not realizing that this was an actual working court.



Santa Barbara Courthouse - Courthouse Tower

Courthouse Tower
Be sure to check out the Courthouse Tower — it offers visitors spectacular 360° views of Santa Barbara and the mountains.

Each of the tower's four sides open up to views offering a different perspective of the city — it's a great place for picture-taking.

Popular and historic points of interest are pointed out, including the historic Santa Barbara Mission.

To access the Tower, take the elevator from the ground floor up the fourth floor — then climb just a short flight of stairs and you're there.

Note: The tower is not open at night — it closes late afternoon, around 4pm.

Courthouse Location
The Courthouse is located at 1100 Anacapa Street — parallel to Santa Barbara Street. Cross streets are Figueroa and Anapamu Streets.

Open daily
Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-4:30pm


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