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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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+1 805-963-4364
11:00 - 17:00
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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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great little surprise

Thought for a small museum they wouldn't have much. I was so wrong. Delightful museum with some wonderful pieces. Lovely setting. Don't miss it

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Flagstaff, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibit is limited. We specifically wanted to see what is claimed to be the best exhibit of Monet's in the West. Because the exhibit is so limited now there were only two! Go back when the renovations are completed.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thought for a small museum they wouldn't have much. I was so wrong. Delightful museum with some wonderful pieces. Lovely setting. Don't miss it

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family recently visited this museum for the first time, specifically to see the David Weisner exhibit, which I can't recommend highly enough (it runs through May of 2017). It's a wonderful setup for families, especially families that have enjoyed his exquisite books for children prior to visiting. We were also highly impressed with the permanent installations at the museum... More 

Thank Jarod L
Santa Barbara, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though we are locals, we only recently explored this museum. It isn't big, but they offer so many classes/resources to our community. Free evenings, free activities for kids, talks, lots of spring break and summer camp options.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

It's surprising and reassuring how many of these there are oin mid-size or small cities, like Santa Barbara. It's a nice little gallery, which when we were there featured an exhibit in depth of the work of a children's illustrator -- beautifully done, instructive, and very intelligently presented.

Thank winst0n4
Albany, New York
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

We visited the museum while it was undergoing renovation and re-hanging. But the "highlights" and one special show were still very good.

Thank robin082
Culver City, California
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is an amazing Art Museum. For the size of the town, it is really quite extraordinary, the exhibits they get here. I have had wonderful docent tours and learned a huge amount. I brought a rather well known art dealer here from New York and he was really quite amazed by the place. Definitely worth seeing.

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Gloucestershire, England
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

We didn't know that most of the museum is closed for renovations, but since we were here, we made the most of our visit and began with a delicious lunch in the friendly cafe. What a great start! Suitably refreshed and fortified, we stepped inside the gallery proper and were captivated by the first two exhibits which we encountered: the... More 

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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a small museum that is undergoing a major renovation project. The collection is very diverse but quite limited (at least what was on display last week). Before you attend, you may want to ask about the status of the renovation. Santa Barbara is a fantastic town and I would expect the renovated museum... More 

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Turlock, California
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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We happened to be in town on the 1st Thursday of the month. On this day they have an Art Walk at the Museums on State Street for free on the 1st Thursday of every month.They had music entertainment. We spent about an 1 1/2 inside. Really beautiful paintings.

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