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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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Some of the most amazing artwork in the world available here!

If you are within driving distance to Santa Barbara,CA then you should really get to this museum to view their fabulous exhibits. It is a relatively small museum but it is packed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Napa, California
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Napa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If you are within driving distance to Santa Barbara,CA then you should really get to this museum to view their fabulous exhibits. It is a relatively small museum but it is packed with some extroidenary art. Currently, they have the Armand Hammer Foundation's traveling European art as an ongoing exhibit and it gives one the chance to view some exceptional... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A must for lovers of impressionism and art in general. The museum has a great collection of European art and an Asian section, too. In Aug 2015 they had a special exhibition of Moholy-Nagy (Bauhaus).

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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We were intrigued to see the Monet to Chagall exhibit, only to discover there was one Chagall! The building is lovely, but the art on exhibit is sparse-way too little to be called a true showing.

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Camarillo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I love impressionists and when I read that the Santa Barbara Museum of Art had a temporary exhibit, Degas to Chagall, I jumped at the chance to go. I was not disappointed! A few Monets and Van Goghs are included in this exhibit! Another beautiful day in Santa Barbara!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Everyone should visit your local art museum because you never know what you will find. Santa Barbara Museum of Art is no exception.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We had 7 people of diverse interests and all enjoyed the museum. There was a very good Moholy-Nagy temporary show when we were there, and I suspect there are often good shows. Nonetheless, the impressionists works are impressive and worth the visit without anything else. Don't forget to go upstairs for the Asian art. Nice gift shop downstairs that doesn't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

While small, this is a lovely museum. Nicely laid out with a beautiful selection of art. There is currently an impressive collection of Degas, Chagall, and Monet showing. In addition, there is a Japanese wood block print exhibition that is exquisite. This museum is definitely worth a visit.

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The Museum is not tone missed on an extended trip to Santa Barbara. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours at this lovely place.

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Lompoc, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I return to this art museum again and again. Located right on State Street, it features a selection of Greco-Roman statuary as one enters and then one can browse one-room galleries and larger (vaulted ceilings) galleries as well. Old Masters, ancient Asian art, Monets - I have seen quite a variety of beautiful and valuable artwork on display. The docents... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Excellent selection of art from Armand Hammar collection. Worth stopping by - also see the Asian collection on the top floor

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