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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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Small but interesting

eclectic mix, beautifully exhibited. Beautiful building. Couldn't see a cafe/ gift shop, although it does say that there is one. Free when we went there.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Surrey, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

eclectic mix, beautifully exhibited. Beautiful building. Couldn't see a cafe/ gift shop, although it does say that there is one. Free when we went there.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Half the galleries were closed for some reason so it took 10 mins to walk around the place. Use it as a stopping place to get out of the sun, its pretty basic in all respects

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Santa Barbara, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

For a city as small as Santa Barbara, this is an amazing art museum. Every time we visit we are surprised to see something they own that had not been on display recently. They put on interesting special exhibits as well. Definitely worth a visit.

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Tenby, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This museum was lovely - a trickle of impressionist paintings, but beautifully explained. Great Asian collection. An example of fantastic American philanthropy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Informative. Lots of exhibits. Missed the opening of the new exhibit about the 1925 earthquake, though.

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Sonoma, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Part of the museum was undergoing updating, possibly a new exhibit. There was one excellent exhibit, Degas to Chagall, that was very interesting with many artists. I like to support all art museums so if you are near stop by for a visit.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Unfortunately the Botticelli exhibit ended the day before we visited. The paintings were still there but we couldn't enter to view them. There was another large exhibition room that was empty to be prepared for a new exhibit. However we really enjoyed the Degas to Chagall exhibit. I wish there could be more female artists included. I saw one painting... More 

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Moorpark, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Having fallen in love with Italian art during a four week trip through Italy, we drove to this museum to see their special exhibit of works by Titian and Botticelli. We were also impressed with their small but very worthwhile permanent collection that includes works by Monet, Van Gogh, Tissot, Degas, Lawrence, Berthe Morisot, etc. This is one of the... More 

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Very nice size museum in downtown Santa Barbara - lots of shopping and restaurants nearby. Nice special exhibit, well curated and interesting. Was very pleased to see a Chagall's Blue Angel in the Hammer exhibit. Wish a postcard had been available since no photos are allowed Good way to spend an hour or two - seems a little pricey at... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This small museum features world-famous works of art. And it doesn't tire you out too much. Located on the main street in town, it is close to restaurants and stores.

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