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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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If you love art...

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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
25 helpful votes 25 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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30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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Porterville, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The building is unassuming, but the museum has a lot to offer. I saw my first Van Gogh there! There is a small fee to. Enter, but it is so worth it. Wheelchair friendly.

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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

It was a pleasant surprise to find European art depicting Epic Biblical stories. Truly beautiful, expressive art work some of which was painted for those who couldn't read. So, the stories were told through paintings. It's a small museum, so it's just enough to absorb what's there without being overwhelmed. The Italian paintings from Glasgow were the high light.

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Australia
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This is a lovely small gallery well worth the visit. They had a wonderful exhibition on when I visited called Botticelli, Titan and beyond which is on until May and well worth seeing. The permanent collection is also good.

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santa barbara, california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

There is a terrific exhibit showing at the museum entitled "Botticelli, Titian and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums" .. and it is so worth seeing! It covers some 500 years of truly spectacular Italian art...much of it with religious themes...It is beautiful, enriching, and awe-inspiring!

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Redondo Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Located right on State street, it's a nice break from shopping and the crowds. Small, but nice art and sculpture collections.

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