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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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Currently under construction, but free admission. Excellent permanent collection.

Being a small city, Santa Barbara is indeed fortunate to have such a "big city" art museum. Some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Waterloonie
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Santa Barbara, California
Small but Enjoyable

I was lucky to visit the museum when the admission was free. Although it has a small collection the... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2018
sheilal921
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Albany, New York
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a small city, Santa Barbara is indeed fortunate to have such a "big city" art museum. Some real treasures in their permanent collection. The museum shop is also worth visiting. Recommended.

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

I was lucky to visit the museum when the admission was free. Although it has a small collection the pieces are impressive especially the Impressionists. Don’t miss the museum shop for special souvenirs to benefit the museum. It’s all conveniently located on State Street.

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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

I went out of my way to visit this museum, only to discover that the building is under renovation and only one room contains selections from the permanent collection. I wasn’t even told this upon entering the building! There’s no clear warning about this on...More

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

I visited this museum as part of the gargantuan LA/LA: Pacific Standard Time event organized by the Getty. Santa Barbara is a sleepy town full of retirees. However, the museum operates at a high standard. The exhibit I went to see was a mid-career retrospective...More

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Reviewed 25 November 2017

The museum as of this writing is currently undergoing renovations, so there is now one major exhibition along with a room containing their permanent collection. As I made my way to the entrance of the museum, a kindly docent approached me and invited me to...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Part of the museum was closed for renovation. The installation pieces would have benefited from some handout on the artist's vision. The impressionist works were worthwhileMore

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Katrina C, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Hi there. We do apologize for any inconvenience during our current renovation. However, we are dedicated to remaining open during the entire process and continuing to offer a variety of exhibitions and programming to our visitors. We understand that not all exhibitions are to everyone's...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

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
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Katrina C, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Hello. We do apologize for any inconvenience that our current renovation may have caused during your visit. However, we are dedicated to remaining open during the entire process. We do hope you visit again soon, as new exhibitions will be opening in January!

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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

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Reviewed 21 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.

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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

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