Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara

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  • 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 souvenir...  more »
  • 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 ente...  more »
  • 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 stand...  more »
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  • Current show; "Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now" is so timely, it's hard to believe! I'm sure this show was years in the making - yet given current societal flux, right on target. Keep it up..!
  • Even in the throes of renovation, it is always lovely to visit. Looking forward to the finished product!
  • First time visiting with my 3 year old daughter. It was difficult for her at first because she wanted to touch the art. Once we got to the kid's section downstairs, she was sold. She loved the artwork and the scavenger hunt. I cannot wait to go again.
  • If you've been to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles on Grand Avenue, you have an idea of what to expect from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The experience is just smaller in scale. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has some incredible displays and artists. The atmosphere is "other worldly", in that you realize you've left the world of stores, noise and cars and landed in an environment filled with inspiration and color. There's going to be some extensive remodeling in 2017 on the museum, but its worth a visit. There's a neat gift store and small, casual restaurant attached at street level. Plan on at least a half day, maybe even a full day. The collections are that extensive.
  • It's a pretty small museum but is also a pretty good museum. Their gift shop has some really good souvenirs :)

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