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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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Renovations and Constructions promise Vitality

Great location for walking State Street, this is an important SB institution. Collections range... read more

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Santa Barbara, California
Museum of Art

Extraordinary collection of world famous artists. Especially the Impressionists. Also has a very... read more

Reviewed April 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 1 week ago

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.

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.

Thank LovesRestaurants2014
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

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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.

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Reviewed April 22, 2018

Extraordinary collection of world famous artists. Especially the Impressionists. Also has a very worth-while Asian museum and many sculptures from the Roman & Greek eras..

Thank Tamar H
Reviewed April 16, 2018

The museum has apparently been under renovation for quite a while, and when we were there only three of the 14 galleries were open. We weren’t expecting much, so we were in for quite a pleasant surprise. We toured works from the permanent collection, a...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Even though the museum is under construction the few permanent items and special exhibits were very interesting.

Thank DavidSilverSpring_MD
Reviewed March 8, 2018

Currently under reconstruction, the gallery is limited in space. We saw two very interesting exhibitions of photography, an exhibition on portrait painting, and a selection from the permanent collection. The latter contained some very interesting 19th and early 20th-century works, by the likes of Monet,...More

Thank operalover939
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Although its a small museum we do enjoy it. Almost always buy something from the gift shop - they have great fun things to get eastcaost friends as gifts. Worth the trip.

Thank jacquelene2016
Reviewed February 16, 2018

Being a small city, Santa Barbara is indeed fortunate to have such a "big city" art museum. Some real treasures in their permanent collection. The museum shop is also worth visiting. Recommended.

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