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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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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Newnan, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Phenomenal art from the photo detail of the Renaissance to the abstract of impressionist to a mixture of both on the same canvas. Greek and Roman statues and their fascination with naked people or was that at the movie theater?

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Palm Springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A small but sophisticated museum. Upstairs is a collection of Asian art which seems to be always open. The courtyard entrance has some nice early Mediterranean artifacts. Otherwise, special shows will determine the emphasis of the art - usually including some Old Masters and often Modern exhibits. If you have North American Reciprocal status from your home museum membership, it... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I usually stop by the museum when I am downtown for something else. They typically have pretty decent exhibits and do a nice job for a small museum in a small town. It is worth spending a couple of relaxing hours there now and again!

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Was free while new exhibit being prepared. Apron made of human bones was gruesome. Beautiful Japanese artefacts and graeco Roman statues

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Saint Peters
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I was able to see the Impressionist exhibit from Degas to Chagall. It was tucked away in the back. The rest of the ground floor was under construction. The upstairs component had wonderful Asian exhibits. This is a small museum that has a lot of promise. I was able to visit on a free day... I only spent about a... More 

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Eagle River, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Free admission today. Only a few galleries were open. Those few were antiquities and the special exhibit. In addition to Degas and Chegall, there were also Monets and several other artists on display. A nice flyer regarding art appreciation was also available.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This isn't a huge museum, and you could just spend half the day there, and see everything. The art work was nice to see, and the staff is very nice. I didn't like that the closed the upper gallery early for a concert, and didn't advise me when I got there that they would be doing that. Had I know,... More 

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Additional Information about Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: 805-963-4364
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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