Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
4.5
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Bart C
Foster City, CA481 contributions
Small eclectic collection - free
Jul 2021
A lot of the museum was closed due to refitting and probably a holdover from pandemic restrictions. So I don't know what I missed seeing only one floor. Some good pieces, but very eclectic collection without any discernable focus. Since it was free and air conditioned and I do love even a few pieces of Impressionist work any time, it was worth the walk and the stop. However, unless they are having some particular exhibition you'd love, I wouldn't say make a journey to visit this one. If in SB, then go right ahead, it's right off State St.
Written July 23, 2021
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5nn
Portland, OR281 contributions
Thursday night art walk!
Feb 2020
We happened to be in town for the Thursday Night Art Walk and enjoyed the art museum. There are some treasures here and worth visiting. We also saw young children involved in art projects during the evening event.
Written February 27, 2020
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eyemlucky
Los Angeles, CA224 contributions
Good museum, under construction
Dec 2019 • Solo
This small museum has interesting shows. When I was there, a lot was closed, so they charged a discount.
Written December 23, 2019
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KG O
Los Angeles, CA152 contributions
Art Museum
Dec 2019 • Family
My family and I went on a day trip to Santa Barbara. We stopped by the Museum of Art. My son enjoyed the Moon activities set up for kids and created a drawing as well. The Museum has a varied collection from Monet to Kehinde Wiley.
Written December 1, 2019
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John N
San Diego, CA22 contributions
mini vacation
Nov 2019
some interesting art work there well worth viewing and being a non profit venue it was free for the viewing
Written November 29, 2019
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DOCBABE_SCOUT
Sun City, AZ733 contributions
Nice museum for a smaller city
Nov 2019
This museum has an excellent collection for a smaller city. Be aware that it is under construction and yet is OPEN. There is public parking nearby, but not on at the museum itself.
Written November 23, 2019
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drjlever
Los Angeles, CA202 contributions
Partially Closed but it made it easier to enjoy what is on display
Nov 2019
This small museum in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara is offering half price admissions during their major reconstruction. The entry fee for two seniors was a remarkable $6. A bargain and we spent a lovely two hours seeing some of the oldest photographs in the world (until Dec.8) and the wonderful modernism art of Mexican great Alfredo Ramos Martinez. We also enjoyed the array of art from the museum's permanent collection that were on display. Taking on a huge museum is tiring; this partial peek was the perfect amount of art to enjoy leisurely after a great lunch. What a value!
Written November 11, 2019
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CaliforniaLen
California172 contributions
Under construction
Sep 2019
There were only three galleries open when we were there because of extensive construction. Still, its a place to see a few Degas, Renoirs and a Van Gogh from the permanent collection and a couple of nice but small special exhibits. We arrived an hour before closing and had sufficient time.
Written September 30, 2019
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2018Barbara
Redlands, CA42 contributions
Beautiful place
Oct 2018
We made a round-trip in a day from Redlands, California and were thoroughly rewarded with the canvasses on display. The gift shop offered lovely little gifts, too.
Written August 22, 2019
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documama4
Santa Barbara, CA16 contributions
Brilliant and accessible exhibits
May 2019 • Friends
This museum does an excellent job of relating painting and sculpture to other forms of artistic expression and literature. Their lectures and workshops are also outstanding. Their renovation looks to be spectacular and I think the high quality of this museum right now is reflection of the creativity and open mindedness of the current executive director.
Written May 7, 2019
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  • Thu - Thu 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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