The Hermitage Santa Barbara


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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 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