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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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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
4 helpful votes 4 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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UK
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82 reviews 82 reviews
10 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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Kirkland, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

What a wonderful little museum with a few really out standing pieces. We enjoyed sketching the Roman statues.

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Carlsbad, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We stopped in to view the Degas to Chagall exhibit which was well presented. While we were wandering around a docent invited us to join her half hour tour. Linda was so knowledgeable and amusing we were truly sorry when the tour ended. We ate lunch at the Museum café - very fresh and delicious food. The service was a... More

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Los Angeles
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Museum was cool. Parking in doors. We visited during a heat wave. Particularly liked the Asian floor, and special exhibits on Heavenly bodies and La Crema. This is a small museum. A few nice gems for its size.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We loved it here - some incredible paintings that were completely unexpected. Well worth a visit. Easy to find right in the heart of Santa Barbara. Small charge - completely worth it.

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Washington DC
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210 reviews 210 reviews
44 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is a surprisingly good small museum with some terrific paintings (French impressionists especially) and excellent Greek and Roman statuary and ceramics. Nicely laid out and easy to navigate. Located on Santa Barbara's main street, State, toward the top of the downtown area.

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