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“Thursday nights 5-8pm are free”

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Ranked #22 of 180 things to do in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This museum, founded in 1941, houses a prestigious and varied collection of modern and ancient art plus a special gallery for children.
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We were delighted to be able to take advantage of the free admission on Thursday evenings from 5-8pm. The museum had two special exhibits that we enjoyed and also viewed some of the permanent collection which was excellent. It is conveniently located in the center of downtown Santa Barbara and within walking distance from our hotel, The Canary. Even though the museum is on the smaller size, it was just right for us to tour our first evening in Santa Barbara.

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

The Santa Barbara Art Museum is a wonderful smaller sized museum. It has an outstanding permanent collection (especially the drawings/works on paper, paintings by Rouault, paintings by Monet - "Villas à Bordighera" is one of my favorites, and the other amazing works found in their endowment rooms) The museum is large enough to attract a wondrous line up of visiting shows as well. It is located conveniently on State Street, near the main branch of the public library and the landmark court house. There is ample parking immediately behind the building. In addition, there are a number of local galleries located near by in each direction that will add to your artistic viewing enjoyment.

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We've been in countless museums and would have headed to the beach, but a rainy Easter morning brought us to the museum. Not only were we grateful that they were open on Easter, but so pleased with what was there. Lovely entry to the museum with Roman sculptures. And then a wonderful exhibit of European Masters. Other areas pleasantly filled our remaining time.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is a small museum, and you don't need a lot of time to see it all. But there's a good variety of different types of art from different eras.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

It is not so large as the 'big city' museums (LACMA, MOMA, MOCA, etc) but its collection and exhibitions are first class in every respect. Over the years of visiting, I have seen many world class exhibits here which somehow by-passed the 'big' museums. Every visit has been repaid a thousandfold.

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