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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: 805-963-4364
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum, founded in 1941, houses a prestigious and varied collection of modern and ancient art...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Goleta
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

A variety of exhibits and some stunning artwork are the attractions. An afternoon is plenty of time to cover the whole museum. Frequent special exhibits make repeat visits a pleasure. The nearby area is also charming. Small cafe and separate gift shop are both enhancements to the experience.

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Chicago, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We went to the museum to fill some time on a vacation during the rain soaked December of 2014. The museum turned out to be a nice diversion. It offers a very eclectic array of art and at the time we were there the temporary exhibit of animal photography was very unique and interesting. There is a nice collection of... More 

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Wake Forest, Nc
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246 reviews 246 reviews
39 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

When we visited the SB Museum of Art, some of the galleries were under renovation so we were only able to see the Asian collection and a special exhibit integrating some of the museum's collection and works from the Armand Hammer collection. For that reason there was no admission. The galleries are lovely spaces and the Asian collection has some... More 

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Sitka, Alaska
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Informative dosants, small but excellent collection, lovely facility, nice location in the heart of SB Highly recommended,

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London
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87 reviews 87 reviews
6 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The museum was upfront about their current renovations ahead of their exhibition schedule in 2015 so the cost was half the usual $10 entry. That said they had a very good exhibition from the Armand Hammer museum in LA which had a few paintings from Van Gogh and Matisse that I hadn't seen before. Would definitely visit again on another... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Although the entrance fee was discounted we were disappointed to find most of the museum exhibits closed due to reconstruction. We had gone based on ads for a large Monet exhibit and got there to find only 2 Monet paintings on exhibit. Check before you go to see what's open.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I was thrilled to hear that Chagall and Degas were to be found on loan from Arm and Hammer but sad that there was only one Chagall to be seen. They do have a fine collection of old masters and seeing the art in person is magnificent always.

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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Part of it was under construction, but the collection we viewed was quite wonderful. A nice selection of masters

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Palo Alto, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
18 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This museum has grown from a small city museum to what I might state as one of the most outstanding local museums in California. The shows are always curated beautifully and the staff is always open to discourse with artist from anywhere. I look forward to visting the museum everytime I am in Santa Barbara.

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Brisbane, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A wonderful collection of artefacts from antiquity and very well presented. The art gallery had a superb collection of old masters and modern artists.

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