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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: 805-963-4364
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Ranked #14 of 146 things to do in Santa Barbara
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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Australia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely small gallery well worth the visit. They had a wonderful exhibition on when I visited called Botticelli, Titan and beyond which is on until May and well worth seeing. The permanent collection is also good.

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santa barbara, california
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

There is a terrific exhibit showing at the museum entitled "Botticelli, Titian and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums" .. and it is so worth seeing! It covers some 500 years of truly spectacular Italian art...much of it with religious themes...It is beautiful, enriching, and awe-inspiring!

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Redondo Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Located right on State street, it's a nice break from shopping and the crowds. Small, but nice art and sculpture collections.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Amazing and well laid out exhibition. Great to see such good art away from its originating museum ie Glasgow.

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a small, but very nice art museum with nice modern architecture and a lot of notable pieces on display. The last time I was there, they had a couple of famous Chagall works on display as well as a couple of early Van Gogh works.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We went to the Museum of Art on a rainy Saturday. Because they were installing new exhibits, much of it was closed to the public. However, because of this, it was free admission. We saw some wonderful paintings and sculptures. For a town the size of Santa Barbara, this is quite a nice museum with some wonderful exhibits. It is... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

My gf and I hit the museum on a Saturday. It was free admission day! Although it was gearing up for an exhibit changeover, it still offered a lot of interesting, and amazing art pieces. Well worth taking a few hours to wander through!

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

For its rather small size, the museum has a beautiful collection of paintings and sculptures. It is centrally located in downtown Santa Barbara and there is no admission charge.

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rhinebeck,ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

You can visit the entire museum in under 2 hours. Their Asian artifacts are very special and well worth a visit. When we were there they had some paintings from the Armond Hammer collection of Impressionist art. Very beautiful.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The art museum is on the main shopping street of Santa Barbara, and it is a cool retreat from that hustle and bustle. It features classical sculpture and a range of paintings. I especially like the central gallery exhibit, which focuses on experiencing art from the perspective of understanding human form. The main exhibit gallery was closed when we were... More 

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