The Museum of Natural History Store a Shopping Destination this Holiday Season

The Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace has become a popular annual tradition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and while it will not be making its typical stop at the Museum’s campus in 2017, there will still be a collection of selected ‘Tribal Arts’ gift items available for purchase in the Museum Store this holiday season.

The Museum is in the midst of a series of ambitious and exciting renovations that will make the campus more accessible and engaging for all visitors. While the Museum will remain open throughout this period of revitalization, due to reduced parking availability and indoor exhibit space, the difficult decision was made to not host the Tribal Arts Marketplace in 2017.

“Tribal Arts is one of our absolute favorite events, and we know how much the community looks forward to this unique shopping experience,” said President & CEO Luke Swetland. “While we’re disappointed that the Museum will not be able to host the event this year, our team has hand-picked a variety of gift items from some of our favorite Tribal Arts vendors, and we encourage people to stop by the Museum Store to browse the selected offerings. We’re excited for the event to return to the Museum better than ever in 2018.”

In addition to the clothing, artwork, jewelry, and household items available in the Museum Store, there will also be a number of Tribal Arts vendor shows around the Santa Barbara area in the coming weeks. Details of upcoming shows are listed below.

Arts d’Afrique Winter Tribal Market

Saturday, December 9 · Sunday, December 10

10:00 AM–4:00 PM · 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

1058 N Ontare Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

A wonderful selection of folk art, imported by Charlene Pidgeon

Indigo tie-dye and mud cloth from Mali, masks and marionettes from West Africa, stools from Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, jewelry and bronzes from West Africa, tie-dyed mulaffas from Mauritania, textiles & wood from Indonesia & India.

Holiday Peruvian Market

November 25 & 26

1111 Easy Lane, Nipomo, CA 93444

805-325-1732 or call for a December appointment

Garden Street Academy Annual Holiday Boutique

Saturday, December 2

10:00 AM–2:00 PM

2300 Garden Street, Santa Barbara 93105

The boutique will be held on the 2nd floor of the building marked “Refectory.”

Tribal Art Vendors Attending: Katalina Textiles, Casa Viva, Ritual, Peruvian Imports

Gem Faire at Earl Warren Show Grounds

December 8 & 9

3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Tribal Arts Vendors attending: Anantara, Kilim Company, Peruvian Imports

About the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History strives to instill a passion for learning and discovery among its patrons. The museum aims to build relationships with the Santa Barbara community as well as encourage members and all visitors to seek a better understanding of the world around them. For more information, call (805) 682-4711 or visit

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