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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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Santa Barbara, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Not as big as some of the harbors along the California coast. Easy to walk around, go out along the breakwater and visit shops, a great museum and some very tasty restaurants and fast food spots. On the east end at SB Sailing you can rent sail boats, paddle-boards, kayaks and other toys. Walk a little further and you have... More

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Lincoln, England
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to viist at a time when a guided tour was about to start. the curator/art historian who took us around really knew her stuff and brought the exhibits to life. They have a collection as good as many large city collections and we were surprised and delighted.

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Portland, Oregon
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The museum had a special exhibit from the Armand Hammer collection titled, "From Degas to Chagall." There were many of the impressionists from Corot to Chagall. Each artist was fully described including a brief synopsis of their life and training. Each painting was also described in detail including how to appreciate how the artist painted it. There were also other... More

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Ardsley, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I was very excited to visit the Museum of Art as I travel around the world and visit many museums, and did not expect to find one in Santa Barbara. When I heard that there was a Degas exhibition, I had to check it out! Pleasantly surprised to find works by Degas, and may other artists including Monet(one of my... More

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New Albany, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This was a small art museum but well designed with an interesting collection. The art museum is located downtown close to parking. It made for a nice afternoon to do a little shopping, take in the sites at the courthouse and see the art at the museum. Worth the visit if you like art museums. The museum is small compared... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Every time I visit Santa Barbara I go to the SBMA. There is always an interesting and amazing exhibition to enjoy.

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Portland, Oregom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
23 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Right in the center of things and with accessible, well-documented exhibitions, this museum is surely worth a visit. The exhibitions change, of course, but those we viewed were well worth the visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I didn't have enough time so I had to kind of quickly go through the museum. I plan to go back and take my time But what I saw was really nice. Very nice musuem

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Lincs
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58 reviews 58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We visited here to see the Degas exhibit and we were surprised by the number of other famous artists on display. There was also an exhibition of Chinese and Greek artefacts and paintings which were fascinating. Extremely good value at $10 each.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had a great time at the museum on a rainy Sunday morning. We had been here before but not impressed. This time it seems like there is more art and better arranged. The roman statues are impressive as are the impressionist paintings and the Asian collection. Overall we'll worth 1-2 hrs here for those that love art and museums.

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