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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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Santa Barbara's art museum is impressive for a small town. The temporary exhibits in particular are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Only had one floor open when I visited but had Matisse, Degas, and Manet in gallery. Interesting... read more

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Thomas P
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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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1130 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2746
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Santa Barbara's art museum is impressive for a small town. The temporary exhibits in particular are very strong. Exceptional cafe.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only had one floor open when I visited but had Matisse, Degas, and Manet in gallery. Interesting oriental pieces especially Terminator of Death piece from Nepal.Don't know about 24 old televisions they called art but still worth visit.

Thank Thomas P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great location for walking State Street, this is an important SB institution. Collections range from the traditional and the contemporary and is always a great stop on your walk. The museum shops is also nice.

Thank Anabel-2013
Reviewed August 6, 2018

It’s a good, small museum, but hardly a “must see”. Santa Barbara is a beautiful town. Your time will be better spent outdoors enjoying the sea breezes, gardens and views.

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Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Santa Barbara Art museum has a phenomenal art collection. You’re just gonna have to wait 2 1/2 years to see it. The museum is open but under renovation. So don’t go there with the anticipation of being overwhelmed. Underwhelmed maybe.Once you’ve paid your money, and...More

Thank dale t
Reviewed July 9, 2018

I've probably been spoiled by the Detroit Institute of Arts, but there was very little to see here. I was very surprised by the extremely small number of exhibits.

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Reviewed April 22, 2018

Extraordinary collection of world famous artists. Especially the Impressionists. Also has a very worth-while Asian museum and many sculptures from the Roman & Greek eras..

Thank Tamar H
Reviewed April 16, 2018

The museum has apparently been under renovation for quite a while, and when we were there only three of the 14 galleries were open. We weren’t expecting much, so we were in for quite a pleasant surprise. We toured works from the permanent collection, a...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Even though the museum is under construction the few permanent items and special exhibits were very interesting.

Thank DavidSilverSpring_MD
Reviewed March 8, 2018

Currently under reconstruction, the gallery is limited in space. We saw two very interesting exhibitions of photography, an exhibition on portrait painting, and a selection from the permanent collection. The latter contained some very interesting 19th and early 20th-century works, by the likes of Monet,...More

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