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“If You Can, Don't Miss Exhibits”

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Ranked #19 of 177 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.
Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“If You Can, Don't Miss Exhibits”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Myth and Materiality is an art exhibit where you truly grasp the purpose of art to alter consciousness and open a fresh vista of 'seeing'. Each piece gives you a feeling of surprise. Young students were stretched on the floor studying and sketching. A group of young people gathered around several to share the experience of looking, delighting in the way art could reach out and arouse them emotionally.

Just before entering the M & M exhibit, I found Danny Lyon's 1960's photos of SNCC and segregation very memorable - I lived in the South in the 50's - and impressive. In particular, I loved the one of 19 year old Bob Dylan sitting and talking outside with SNCC students and friends.

Visited May 2013
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los angeles
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56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful small museum”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

We stopped in to see the exhibit "From Van Gogh to Munch" and were surprised to find delightful objects in the permanent collection as well. It's a very manageable museum - the opposite of someplace like MMA. It's right on State Street which is Santa Barbara's main drag for shopping and restaurants. Looking forward to going back again.

Visited May 2013
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Monterey, California
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“wonderful small museum”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Outstanding quality and many many world famous artists represented. Lovely building and gift shop. I love museums of this size--not too overwhelming but many excellent works.

Visited April 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“small but a nice learning adventure”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

I really liked this museum. It's small but has alot to look at, observe and absorb. We took one of the tours and I really liked it, very informative and our tour guide seemed real friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely return.

Visited February 2013
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Portland Oregon
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“Thursday nights 5-8pm are free”
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.

Visited April 2013
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