Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara

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  • Extraordinary collection of world famous artists. Especially the Impressionists. Also has a very worth-while Asian museum and many sculptures from the Roman & Greek eras..  more »
  • The museum has apparently been under renovation for quite a while, and when we were there only three of the 14 galleries were open. We weren’t expecting much, so we were in for quite a pleasant surpri...  more »
  • Even though the museum is under construction the few permanent items and special exhibits were very interesting.  more »
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  • Context: their building is being renovated, they chose to remain open at half the price with "selected pieces" on display. This was huge a disappointment as I came here for their Asian art, but most of the small open section was French/European artists... Half the space was taken by temporary exhibit, and a whole room by a single art piece. I think by trying to satisfy everyone they probably disappointed most visitors, and should have closed during renovations.
  • Anticipating a great renovation here based on the way this museum has been in the past. Call first to see the status of the galleries open.
  • 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.
  • Amazing museum...small but full of great paints and sculptures! You can see Van Gogh's, Monet's and more!
  • 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.
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