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“Great Small Museum” 4 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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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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.
Scottsdale, Arizona
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293 reviews 293 reviews
138 attraction reviews
Reviews in 115 cities Reviews in 115 cities
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
“Great Small Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The Museum had a special showing from the Armand Hammer collection, all exceptional pieces. In addition there was a show of selected pieces from the permanent collection, equally good. The second floor has a wonderful collection of Asian art, similar in quality to the art in the Taipei, Taiwan Art Museum, but far more limited than the latter Museum. We were disappointed that many gallery spaces were closed for installation of a new show. Oh well, next time!

Visited October 2013
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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Santa Barbara Museum of Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a genuine gem!! It has new exhibits every 3 months........and I am a member of this museum. It also has a place for kids to play and be creative. On Saturdays and Sundays they have events for the children. They also have a great tasty restaurant owned by the first woman I took cooking lessons with in Santa Barbara. Brenda Simon is her name............and she has unique food!!

Visited August 2013
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Atascadero, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to the Museum. We saw some amazing paintings. It is a great place to take a break from your shopping and absorb some culture.

Visited October 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is a wonderful surprise. A top notch museum with amazing exhibits. It you have the time this is a must do for your vacation.

Visited September 2013
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Austin, TX
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Degas to Chagall Exhibit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We visited the excellent exhibit of a number of lesser-known and some well-known 19th - 20th Century Impressionist and contemporary artists. The exhibit is only in the museum until around 9/20, so be sure to stop in for a viewing when you're in Santa Barbara. Well worth the visit!

Visited September 2013
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