Profile of the Wilding Museum in Solvang, CA

Wildling Museum.
"The Answer" by Charles J. Fritz. Image courtesy the Wildling Museum.


The Wilding Museum in Solvang, California was established in 1996.

The Museum's permanent collection consists of artworks depicting the wilderness of the American landscape.


The Wilding Museum in Solvang, California was established in 1997 by Patti Jacquemain, a Santa Barbara artist, who wished to create an art museum that exhibited the beauty of nature and the wilderness, in order to help preserve such areas.

The Museum was originally located at the historic Keenan Hartley House in Los Olivos, and by 2008, relocated to a new site at San Marcos Avenue. The larger site allowed for more expansive exhibitions and programming.

However, in 2011, the Wilding Museum's board, along with the Museum staff, identified five key goals to help grow the Museum and to receive accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. In order to reach those goals, it was decided that the Museum needed to move to a new site in Solvang.

The remodeled facility, located at 1511 B Mission Drive, officially opened to the public on August 24, 2013.


According to the Museum's website:

"The Wildling’s mission is to inspire our community and visitors to enjoy, value, and conserve wildlife and natural areas through art.  We provide artistic, educational, and field experiences of nature for that purpose. "


The Wilding Museum is located at 1511 B Mission Drive in Solvang, California.

Please refer to the Museum's website for further directions and information.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Wilding Museum has a permanent collection, so from time to time may require the services of an art conservator in order to preserve the works for future generations.

To learn more about the field of art conservation, restoration, and preservation, please read interviews with art conservators.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum's collection includes artworks by artists such as David Wharton, Charles J. Fritz, and Roger Craton.

The Museum has held exhibitions featuring works by renowned artists such as Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe, Maynard Dixon, and Carl Oscar Borg.

Noteworthy Facts:

Artist Submissions

Nature artists who live within Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, or Ventura counties are invited to submit proposals of their artwork for consideration to be sold at the Wilding Museum's gift shop. Only artworks which "reflect the mission of the museum to celebrate and explore the wilderness, nature, and wildlife and will be juried to insure high quality and a diversity of mediums, styles, and creativity."

Employment Information:

The Museum does not post job listings on its website as it is a small-staffed museum. However, they do post listings for volunteer opportunities.

How to Apply for a Job:

Since the Museum does not post employment listings on its website, you may want to call or email first to inquire if any job offerings are available. If no jobs are available, you may want to become a volunteer as a way to learn about the Museum and meet all its staff members.

Museum's Contact Info:

The Wilding Museum, 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463. Tel: 805-688-1082.


The Wilding Museum's website

Museum Hours:

  • Monday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday closed
  • Wednesday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Closed holidays