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Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, Santa Barbara

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  • 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 th...  more »
  • 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 gr...  more »
  • 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 s...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Got an intimate tour of the permanent collection. Don't know if that's​ normal. Very special experience with the amazingly​ human museum staff. Memorable experience!
  • They had a fabulous exhibition on....David Weisner! Superb. Regular featured art was also good. ...Degas...Monet. Lovely staff.
  • Very nice museum. Great to find a Torres Garcia on the permanent collection, beautiful artist from Uruguay.
  • There is a nice collection and good visiting exhibitions. The museum is under construction for expansion, so the exhibition space is limited now.

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