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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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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
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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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Small but worth it

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago NEW

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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Maple Valley, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

I find the best presents at museum gift shops, so stopped in from the street entrance. Lovely shop with nice items. Purchased a special book for a grandchild. Reasonable prices for nice quality items.

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Gilroy, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Museum is under construction, and because of that, it is free. Wonderful docent gave us a half hour tour, which was quite educational. Saw paintings by Monet, Degas, and Van Gogh. 45 minutes to tour the gallery that is open. I want to return when they have finished the renovation.

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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

we enjoyed the walk through the museum. My husband, son, daughter in law and I enjoyed looking at all the beautiful art.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

SBMA is better than you would expect from a small museum and their special shows are smart and fresh for the most part. Located right on State Street and lots of public parking this is an easy venue.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

While the museum was under renovation we still had a chance to view a diverse display of art. The best part it was that it free due to the renovation. Must see the Siquieros mural to the right of the museum entrance.

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