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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
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This museum, founded in 1941, houses a prestigious and varied collection of...

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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small museum with great charm...easy to park and walk to, as well as shops all around. the visiting exhibits are so well curated and often unique...exposing you to new artists... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
leslie l
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Potomac, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It located in the middle of SB and right next to the Court. Very good location. People are really friendly there to help you around. It's a big pity they most of the section are closed by the time I visited. They said there's some Chinese Yuan dynasty stuff but I am not lucky.

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Thank 一舟 方
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So much of the museum is closed that I don't feel I can provide an accurate review. Looks like a renovation is in the works? The marble pieces in the lobby were interesting. There is a display of Latin American photographs, and a room full of paintings with pulsating colors that basically repelled me back through the doorway. That's it.... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

small museum with great charm...easy to park and walk to, as well as shops all around. the visiting exhibits are so well curated and often unique...exposing you to new artists. the permanent exhibit is small but tasteful and well chosen and displayed. just a very lovely way to spend time.

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Thank leslie l
Garwood, New Jersey
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had some time to kill before I went to dinner and decided to head to the museum. I am an avid goer of art museums and this one I will not be back to. There is so much room, but not enough art. It is very confusing on how to get around. The art that they did have was... More 

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Thank Amanda D
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This museum had a decent collection with some wonderful temporary exhibitions. We really enjoyed the Latin American photography exhibit and the Degas to Chagall exhibit. Note: the museum is closed on Mondays and admission is free only until April 2016.

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Thank ali00per
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The shows at this museum are always good, even thought they do not have a lot of space. I also love the gift show.

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Thank eyemlucky
Goleta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

For such a large museum, they have a very small selection of art on display. Furthermore, the exhibits are generally unimpressive, unpleasant to look at, and awkwardly arranged. For example, in the very first gallery they've decided to put a hideous, blindingly bright vegas-like carpet under a strange selection of marble and stonework pieces. I can't imagine a more inappropriate... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

For a small city, even one as affluent as Santa Barbara, it is difficult to support an art museum. Santa Barbara has managed to do so, with success. SBAM is a physically beautiful and impressive pre-1925 Spanish colonial style building, located in the center of downtown. It has high ceilings and large exhibit rooms. The exhibits vary, with some resident,... More 

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Thank Sam M
Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Nice museum in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. It's not huge, but it has an impressive collection. How good any particular visit to the museum is is largely dependent on what special exhibits are happening at the time, and sometimes they are fantastic. The location is great for exploring downtown Santa Barbara, with plenty of restaurants and shopping nearby.... More 

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Red Bank, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

When we visited there was a display of photography which is my passion. There were many famous artists displayed and on the 3rd floor a display of asian artifacts. Price of admission was reasonable. We enjoyed the visit.

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