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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  • Knowledgeable staff proud of the gallery who were quite helpful. The exhibition was hung with great care. The learning center, a small room located halfway through the exhibition, allows one to explore what influenced the artist and give insight into their creative processes. MCA Santa Barbara is a gem Also, parking is easy. I didn't find it crowded, but should be.
  • Really nice, compact art gallery / museum. I wasn't personally a fan of one of the temporary main features when I went, but that's no criticism of the venue itself. Some really interesting paintings on the other hand. Free to go in, and a good gift shop with quality items on sale.
  • It's not the biggest museum but it has some great pieces. I also found that the blurbs for each piece we're insightful, informative, and interesting. They have a van Gogh, Matisse, and monet if you like impressionism. and they have some other great painters on rotation.
  • If you enjoy photography, Monet, Van Gough, or even Asian art, you're likely going to enjoy this small museum. A perfect fit for adding to an overall visit of Santa Barbara.
  • Always seem to have many wings closed. Not particularly kid friendly as they had many exhibits on the ground but kids were quickly admonished not to touch. One room full of concrete pillows...maybe it's art, but a 4 year olds head sure isn't going to hurt it.
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