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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1130 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2746
+1 805-963-4364
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Maybe it was the exhibit during the day we visited as it was not to our taste. We were... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brenda M
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Chicago, Illinois
Park in the free lot next door.

Fantastic local art museum. Free admission on the first Thursday evening of the month. Permanent... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2017
jf002
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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1130 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2746
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Maybe it was the exhibit during the day we visited as it was not to our taste. We were disappointed as only one floor was open and the permanent collection was extremely small.

Thank Brenda M
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Fantastic local art museum. Free admission on the first Thursday evening of the month. Permanent collection includes Monet, Degas, Picasso, Warholl and many others. Well presented and explained for the casual art appreciator. Special exhibits are generally interesting and accessible. Free parking almost right behind...More

Thank jf002
Reviewed 20 July 2017

What a find! This is a serious art museum. When you enter you see a Rodin sculpture. That is a good sign. Then you see Warhol, Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Hopper, etc...impressive works by the world's greatest artists. It is very impressive.

Thank SoonerSteve
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Went about a month ago. There is a lot of construction right now, so they are smaller than normal. However, the exhibits, as always, are incredibly well done. There are some exquisite pieces in this small museum! There was a special exhibit of Asian art...More

Thank Dnnstory
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Much of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is closed while a massive enlargement process is underway, but that makes it just the right size for a short visit. Besides two or three short-term exhibitions, it features outstanding works from its permanent collection.

Thank house2008
Reviewed 21 May 2017

A compact treasure indeed. We visited this museum in April 17 and it is worth a visit. The children section by David Wiesner is wonderful. It aroused the child in me. My wife and I ,both in sixties were immediately drawn in by the fantastic...More

1  Thank Revyu
Reviewed 20 May 2017

There is a fair amount of construction going on, and many apologies made for the reduced representation of the museum's collection but we found it charming and interesting and were particularly taken by the special exhibit of David Wiesner's works, including a very innovative section...More

Thank AnitaNewportBch
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

While some of the museum is under some construction, we still throughly enjoyed our first visit. We took a free tour and Micky gave us a whole new perspective on some of the different exhibits. What a gem in SB!!

Thank James C
Reviewed 7 May 2017

With a little time to spare on a Saturday afternoon, I wandered into the SBMA, and I was glad I did. It's intimate - don't go expecting the Met - but that's kind of nice, as you won't leave you feeling fatigued or overwhelmed. I...More

Thank Ken K
Reviewed 30 April 2017

There is always something new to see and the collections & exhibitions are always well presented and informative.

Thank scary639
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