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“Beautiful gem in a beautiful town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-963-4364
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Ranked #14 of 146 things to do in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This museum, founded in 1941, houses a prestigious and varied collection of modern and ancient art plus a special gallery for children.
Radiant, VA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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“Beautiful gem in a beautiful town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

If you love art, you should make this a must-see, when in Santa Barbara. Great exhibits, beautiful paintings, a beautiful building and a great location on State Street. What's not to love? The administration of this museum has done a superb job and has "done their city proud!" I say plan on 3 hours or more, if you really want to soak up everything.

Visited July 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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“Impressive museum for a small town like SB”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

They have a wonderful permanent collection of art that every museum-lover would enjoy. Plus they have fantastic "visiting" and temporary collections every month. I enjoy this lovely museum every time I go...

Visited July 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Very nice!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is a small museum, but nicely laid out. We particularly enjoyed two of the current exhibitions, Un/Natural Color and Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation and the Collection of Michael Armand Hammer. Well worth the time.

Visited July 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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“nice spot to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

If you are so inclined its a great little art museum with a great small dining area. They have an asian area, classic sculpture and photography. Its on state street so it is easy to walk or ride a shuttle bus. Lots of restauarants nearby, a good destination.

Visited May 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Great little museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

This museum is not an all day affair. You can squeeze it into a day with other things to do. I found it to be very enjoyable and visited several times the six years I lived in the area.

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