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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: 805-963-4364
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Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: This museum, founded in 1941, houses a prestigious and varied collection...
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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Had no idea this museum had so many beautiful things. Saw the advertising for the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond exhibit in the hotel magazine and knew we had to go.. The museum... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Arvada, Colorado
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Arvada, Colorado
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Had no idea this museum had so many beautiful things. Saw the advertising for the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond exhibit in the hotel magazine and knew we had to go.. The museum has so many great pieces besides what was there for the exhibit. The museum is not so big that it is overwhelming. A great way to spend a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The museum is in a beautiful building right on State Street. It has a fine and varied permanent collection which is well worth a visit. The main attraction often are the various special exhibits from museums around the world. A fine example is the Italian painting exhibit from the Glasgow Museum presently in residence. An added bonus is a very... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The chance to see Chagall, Botticelli, Titian etc not to be missed! Loved the cool, quiet peace of the Museum. Situated right on State street and next to shops and restaurants. We had lunch at Andersens Danish bakery followed by an afternoon in the Museum, wonderful!

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Pasadena, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Currently half price admission fees! But that is only part of te fun. It is not a huge museum but one can easily spend a couple of hours here. The museum is undergoing some refurbishment so there are only two floors available for viewing, hence the temporarily reduced admission fees. The second floor offers a very interesting exhibit of Asian... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is currently exhibiting ~ Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond. What an exhilarating eyeful. The curated exhibit was far more than I could have imagined or read, I felt as if I was in Italy. I honestly had goosebumps throughout my tour. I was moved and impress by this collection. Thank you for bringing this to... More 

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I loved the museum, but it's small and when I visited it some parts were closed. Anyway, I think if you love art you need to visit this museum.

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calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We went here to see the most recent exhibition - Titian to Degas....excellent. The museum also has an impressive collection of Impressionist art. Very nice museum shop and the museum café serves good food.

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art currently is showing an exhibit titled " Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond. This exquisite collection is on loan from a gallery in Scotland. I was fortunate to just happen upon the beginning of a docent lead tour of the museum. Our docent, Mary, was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and charming. I highly recommend a docent led tour.... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The current display features some excellent art of Old Masters -- "Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond." I don't really enjoy the subject matter, but their technical skill is a wonder to behold. Anyone in the area with even slight interest in great art should visit. The museum is small enough that it doesn't overwhelm the senses, but the displays are always... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Much of the collection was not on view; mediocre curatorial input. Nothing much worth going out of your way to see. The administration looks as if they might be bored. Not worth your while unless you are dying to go to a museum. Consider the free galleries at the local universities instead.

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