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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Closed Now: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 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 1 week ago
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 3 weeks ago
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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

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.

Thank Martha R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Thank MorningGirl55
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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