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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Open Now: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Famous artists on exhibit. Exhibition rotates about every 8 weeks. Saw works by Van Gogh, Monet... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Martha R
Santa Barbara, California
Hope to return someday when it's reopened....

We enjoyed our recent visit, but there were only three galleries open. Fortunately, we have a... read more

Reviewed October 22, 2018
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This museum, founded in 1941, houses a prestigious and varied collection of modern and ancient art plus a special gallery for children.
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1130 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2746
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't realize only about 1/3 of the museum was open due to the extensive earthquake retrofitting. It didn't take more than 1/2 hour to see the two or three rooms that were open (and that included the docent's "tour").

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HardBop
Reviewed November 25, 2018

The SB Museum of Art is a relatively small but rich museum. Since it is under renovation there are few rooms open. There are few works on display, so be aware of that. I did enjoy it however and with a friend -- we spent...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TSinParis
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Famous artists on exhibit. Exhibition rotates about every 8 weeks. Saw works by Van Gogh, Monet, Grandma Moses, etc. Lovely way to spend a few hours. Also a very nice gift shop with unique items.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Martha R
Reviewed October 22, 2018

We enjoyed our recent visit, but there were only three galleries open. Fortunately, we have a museum membership in our hometown that allowed us to visit Santa Barbara's for free. What was in the galleries was great! One held a selection of interesting pieces from...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ilovebirdsky
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Santa Barbara's art museum is impressive for a small town. The temporary exhibits in particular are very strong. Exceptional cafe.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank califcasl
Reviewed September 27, 2018

Only had one floor open when I visited but had Matisse, Degas, and Manet in gallery. Interesting oriental pieces especially Terminator of Death piece from Nepal.Don't know about 24 old televisions they called art but still worth visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Thomas P
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Great location for walking State Street, this is an important SB institution. Collections range from the traditional and the contemporary and is always a great stop on your walk. The museum shops is also nice.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Anabel-2013
Reviewed August 6, 2018

It’s a good, small museum, but hardly a “must see”. Santa Barbara is a beautiful town. Your time will be better spent outdoors enjoying the sea breezes, gardens and views.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Santa Barbara Art museum has a phenomenal art collection. You’re just gonna have to wait 2 1/2 years to see it. The museum is open but under renovation. So don’t go there with the anticipation of being overwhelmed. Underwhelmed maybe.Once you’ve paid your money, and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank dale t
Reviewed July 9, 2018

I've probably been spoiled by the Detroit Institute of Arts, but there was very little to see here. I was very surprised by the extremely small number of exhibits.

Date of experience: July 2018
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