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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, 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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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
112 helpful votes 112 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Their current exhibits are so entertaining and fun for both children and adults. The café and store is great as well with a sale section. There's also a kids area that has some hands on crafts available.

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Dorset, Vermont USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

All animals seemed happy, and the Zoo is well-designed for them, and humans as well. Easy to walk from Beach and many hotels.

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Gurnee, Illinois
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78 reviews 78 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Was pleased with the main museum floor with nice paintings and sculptures. The second floor of art was all Asian art and that was kind of disappointed because that doesn't interest me. Military gets in free with ID.

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Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

There are some nice installations and pieces at this little museum. I spent a good hour and a half there. Price was half off bc of renovations. Was worth the trip.

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California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This museum is a nice size, with wood floors that are easy on the feet. The top floor houses the Asian rooms, with Japanese wood-block prints, ceramics, scrolls, and much more. The highlight of our visit was the traveling collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist works from the Armand Hammer collection; I was stunned by the beauty of a Chagall blue... More 

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California
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1,021 attraction reviews
398 helpful votes 398 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I have seen some wonderful shows here over the years. Some are surprised that a relatively small city has such a great little museum, but I'm not. This is Santa Barbara!

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