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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
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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I actually love this art museum, but right now they are redoing the exhibits and there was very little to see. Looking forward to when there is more to view.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Ruth F
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

As he title states it was ok but I was expecting more from it. The exhibition of British artists was very odd people born in other counties but live in Britain for a period of time they are not British. The photography on display was very good and thought provoking. I thought the Asia display was very good the best... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I actually love this art museum, but right now they are redoing the exhibits and there was very little to see. Looking forward to when there is more to view.

Thank Ruth F
Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An art museum experience can vary widely by the exhibits offered at any given time, but a visit to this museum is always warranted because of the quality and variety of its permanent collection. This visit, on a Sunday afternoon, was free because a number of the galleries were closed due to construction work. The two galleries that were open... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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 August 18, 2016

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 July 30, 2016

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 July 26, 2016

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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