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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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Address: 1130 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2746
Phone Number: 805-963-4364
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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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Intimate Art Experience

This small museum houses some real treasures, among them an extensive Indian and Chinese collection. Over the years, the museum has benefited greatly from the "old money" segment... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This small museum houses some real treasures, among them an extensive Indian and Chinese collection. Over the years, the museum has benefited greatly from the "old money" segment of the Santa Barbara population in accumulating an extensive collection unusual for a city of this size. The rooms and displays are well-lit, and the staff friendly. It is not as crowded... More 

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Boerne, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped here on a walking tour of downtown Santa Barbara. Lucky it was free admission day, otherwise I'm not sure if we would have even gone inside. They have a decent if small collection of pieces from around the world, representing many different periods of art and several prominent artists, but no individual works that the average person would recognize.... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While this is a small art museum, the art collection is excellent. I like Chagall and they have two very nice small paintings. Part of museum is closed for renovation, however, worth a visit.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in Santa Barbara this week and made a visit to Santa Barbara Museum of Art - A Nice Visit! The Exhibit is very fascinating, worth the visit for this tour!

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Ventura County, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though the museum is very fairly priced, it still wasn't worth it. We basically saw the entire museum and read all the displays in about 1 hour. I was with my son and he is an avid art fan and he was sorely disappointed. Most of the exhibits were from India and there were more sculptures than paintings, which... More 

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Marrickville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An impressive collection for a small museum. I especially enjoyed the Impressionist art and early 20th century. To give an idea, there were works by Monet, Pissarro, Morisot, and an eerie work by van Gogh.

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

The museum is located on State Street. Public parking is readily available in the public parking garage. Easy access and good signage. The museum offers an admission discount to AAA members. It is a quiet museum with a Buddhist display currently. The shop is excellent. There is also a cafe which I did not experience. It is a recommendation while... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

This was so much more than we expected, really enjoyed it. Learned a lot and had fun along they way. Would be good for families with 7 or older, little ones would be bored quick. Took about an hour to see it all

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Chesterfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Located on State street downtown Santa Barbara. My wife and I were lucky to view a special collection of Indian art (that is East Indian) going back to early middle age. Try to catch it while is still on. You will be amazed (as we were while visiting India quite a few years ago). A particular treat for Europeans!!

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Cupertino, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We were strolling down State street to Stearns Wharf when we saw this and decided to stop in. Very well laid out, small museum.

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