The Hermitage Santa Barbara

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Hermitage tours have been cancelled until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and will continue to accept requests to join our waitlist.

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The Hermitage, located in the hills above Santa Barbara, features a whimsical sculpture collection and a botanic garden. It includes thousands of rare plants. It is open on a limited basis for guided tours and by appointment only. Email hermitagesb@gmail.com to get on the waiting list. Make sure to include "Waitlist" in the subject line of the email.

The Santa Barbara Hermitage: Whimsy abounds. Nothing is to be taken too seriously.

The Hermitage Santa Barbara is like nothing you have ever seen or experienced before

  • whimsical sculpture
  • acres of botanic gardens with vista views
  • cactus and succulent garden, rare and native plants, flowering trees
  • architectural wonders: museum in the shape of a pile of books
  • artist studio in the shape of a fallen top
  • more than 260 bronze busts: 43 presidents, 126 authors, 72 composers and 22 others
  • 100 other sculptures on the property, more than a third of them life-sized bronzes

Photos copyright © by Mary Andrews, Susan Levin, Bob Haller, Marlene Khoury and Stephen G. Schott