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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 2013
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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SANTA BARBARA CALIFORNIA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

For a town the size of Santa Barbara this is an amazing museum of art. They have Monet, Renior, Chagall, and many other greats. They are displayed in wonderful rooms of color and the content is super. Obviously not as big as the Louvre by a long shot but impressed with the collection which had a few samplings in each... More

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Newport, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Interesting and changing exhibitions as well as permanent collection in this smallish Museum. Easy and inexpensive parking in parking garage on side street.

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Wilmington DE, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Admission is free on Thursday evenings. Museum is small but collection is excellent. Perfect pre-dinner activity if you're planning on dining later on at a State St restaurant.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I read in another review the art museum is free on Thursday nights. We went around 5pm and it wasn't crowded at all. It was a nice collection but on the small size (I'm spoiled by the Chicago Institute of Art). I was glad it was free because $10/person seems a little steep for the size of the museum.

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Tucson
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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I love the size of this Museum, very, very manageable. Some of the permanent art that is on view is amazing. Ask for a docent tour.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We visited the Museum of Art just after lunch on Feb 20th. We ended up having a private "docent" tour which was given by a lovely woman in her 70s, who was very knowledgeable. We knew from our research that the museum had many Impressionist paintings, and we were pleased to see paintings by Sisley, Renoir, Monet and Degas, as... More

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Nice little museum full of surprises... I was not expecting to find such a rich collection of paintings in such a quiet and peaceful museum away from crowds. The Asian collection in the upper level of the museum was a real delight. We really enjoyed the visit.

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Really enjoyed a few hours at this museum. Some interesting special exhibits. We really enjoyed the European paintings. Also surprised by the Asian exhibit which we don't really know much about. Would recommend if in Santa Barbara for a few days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

It was a surprise to find this impressive and important collection of 19th cent. paintings at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and a luxury to find only myself standing in a room surrounded by some of the most sublime impressionist's works. When you've mostly had the experience of being shuffled along in crowds in London, etc. this is indeed... More

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Redlands, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

After a 2-hour delay in tendering from our cruise ship, we were a bit pressed for time to visit everything in this lovely city. Being art lovers, we decided to squeeze in a visit to the museum. We were so glad we did! The building itself was beautiful, and housed collections of art that would fit anyone's taste. It was... More

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