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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-963-4364
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
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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Lincs
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We visited here to see the Degas exhibit and we were surprised by the number of other famous artists on display. There was also an exhibition of Chinese and Greek artefacts and paintings which were fascinating. Extremely good value at $10 each.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had a great time at the museum on a rainy Sunday morning. We had been here before but not impressed. This time it seems like there is more art and better arranged. The roman statues are impressive as are the impressionist paintings and the Asian collection. Overall we'll worth 1-2 hrs here for those that love art and museums.

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Hyderabad
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

With a cooling courtyard and Roman statues, you are invited in to an extensive although not all star collection of western art and Asian as well. You may get lucky (as we were) to see a roomful of paintings from the fabulous Armand Hammer collection

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Palm Desert, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

For a city this size an excellent array of diverse exhibits. We visit iit each time we go to Santa Barbara. The gift shop is typical of other museums. Other than the obligatory book on the major exhibition there is the usual fare.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a really nice museum, with a surprisingly strong collection of impressionists and other beautiful art, and friendly, welcoming people to help you enjoy it.

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england
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A must see if you are visiting Santa Barbara. great exhibitions and permanent paintings and sculptures Comprehensive shop

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Santa Clarita, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We enjoyed the temporary exhibits. Check that before you go if it is something you want to see. The permanent collection is nice but I don't think they are worth the trip in itself unless they have pieces you really want to see. I question their reasons and taste for new acquisitions, but the subjective.

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

wonderful little museum with a few really out standing pieces.Beautifull modern pictures too.Lovelly!!!

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Cypress, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a place you might skip if you don't know it's there. It is small on State Street. There are beautiful pictures from Impressionists to Modern. There are also private exhibits that change. It is a terrific place to spend a 75 minute period of time--which is how long you can park for free in any lot.

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82 reviews 82 reviews
10 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

An interesting variety of pieces from different cultures. We joined a docent led group discussing techniques, it was great to visit different items to contrast and compare how the work was produced. It gave us an opportunity to look with 'fresh eyes' at things we would not usually stopped and looked at n detail. The large Chinese screen came to... More

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