Museum Day offers free admission, special events

Visitors can explore the history of California’s Wild West at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks Janeway Carriage House.

Staff Report

Admission will be free on Saturday, March 10, to three local museums that are hosting special events to celebrate Museum Day in the Santa Ynez Valley.

In addition, visitors to the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, and Wildling Museum of Art and Nature have a chance to win one of four prize packages.

At the Elverhøj, which celebrates the history and culture of Solvang and features changing exhibitions of contemporary art, hands-on activities will be offered throughout the day.

Visitors can try the intricate art of bobbin lacemaking, weave a Danish paper star, dress up and snap a selfie with a Viking, see amazing demonstrations by a master papirklip artist, and visit the diorama cottage to see how downtown Solvang looked in the 1920s.

The museum is at 1624 Elverhoy Way in Solvang. Get more information at www.elverhoj.org or 805-686-1211.

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House has one of the finest collections of saddles, tack, stagecoaches and horse-drawn wagons west of the Mississippi.

Visitors can explore the history of California’s Wild West and be transported back to the 19th century with the new Yosemite Stage exhibition. They can also enjoy freshly popped popcorn as they stroll through the courtyard and learn the unique history of each Santa Ynez Valley town.

The museum is at 3596 Sagunto St. in Santa Ynez. Get more information at www.santaynezmuseumn.org or 805-688-7889.

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature is featuring three exhibitions: “The River’s Journey: One River, Six Artists, Ninety-Two Miles,” which explores the Santa Ynez River and watershed through the eyes of six local artists; “Overview: the Aerial Photography of Bill Dewey,” which features stunning images of the diverse landscape of the tri-county region; and “Climate Change: Students’ Perspectives from Santa Ynez Valley High School.”

Hands-on craft opportunities will take place all day, and at 2 p.m. there will be a screening of the documentary “The Santa Ynez River Wilderness,” exploring the rich biodiversity of the region’s watershed.

The Wildling is at 1511-B Mission Drive in Solvang. Get more information at www.WildlingMuseum.org or 805-688-1082.