An interesting variety of pieces from different cultures congregate at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to the delight and admiration of visitors. Established in 1941 in a construction that was initially the Santa Barbara Post Office, the biggest modifications that Chicago architect made for the transition were the simplification of the facade, the construction of the galleries the Ludington Court that creates an almost cinematic entrance into the museum for visitors.
Over the course of the years, the Museum has added the Stanley R. McCormick Gallery in 1942 and the Sterling and Preston Morton Galleries in 1963. Significant expansions include the throwing open of doors to the Alice Keck Park Wing in 1985 and the Jean and Austin H. Peck, Jr. Wing in 1998.
The newly renovated Park Wing Entrance and Luria Activities Centre opened in June 2006.
Today, the Museum is an impressive, riveting destination for a visit. With an area spanning over60,000 square feet including the exhibition galleries, a 154-seat auditorium, a Museum Store, Cafe, a library containing 50,000 books and 55,000 slides, a Family Resource Centre dedicated to participatory interactive programming and an 11,500-square-foot off-site facility, the Ridley-Tree Education Centre at McCormick House.
SBMA's permanent art collection includes a whopping 27,000 works of art, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, glass, jades, bronzes, lacquer and textiles. Representing the arts of Asia, Europe and the Americas spanning over 5,000 years, the collection includes 19th-century French art (Barbizon School, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism), 19th and 20th-century American art (paintings and works on paper) and Buddhist art (Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, Indian) to name a few highlights.
Santa Barbara Museum Of Art Travel Tips
- The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is wheelchair accessible.
- Grab a bite at the Museum Cafe at the end – the food is delicious, and all the produce is fresh.
Entrance Ticket Details For Santa Barbara Museum Of Art
- Members: Free; Seniors (age 65+) - $6; Students with ID - $6; Santa Barbara County students (K – college) with current ID/proof of local residency free; Santa Barbara County teachers (K – 12th grade) with current ID free;
- Free for Children under 6.
- Free for Active U.S. military and their families with current ID.
How to Reach Santa Barbara Museum Of Art
- The Line 22 bus offers public transportation to Santa Barbara's attractions, including daily service to the Museum of Art.
- Arts and Letters Cafe
- Museum Cafe at Santa Barbara Museum of Art
- Peet’s Coffee & Tea
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Santa Barbara Museum Of Art Reviews & Ratings
Under construction at the moment but a beautiful gem of a museum. Great classes for adults and programs for children. Museum shop is fantastic.
The gallery was intriguing to ponder at, however I had wish there was more of it. I came here with 2-3 hours to spare, and only needed less than 1. It was a small space, which did not give me the allotted time to get immersed into the art and really feel some type of way. Friendly and helpful staff. Got to love the contemporary pieces displayed at last exhibit.
This was one of the worst museum experiences I've ever had. It is pretty weird that they even charge for this as I did not even find the half price student price worth it. There's no explaination about the construction or that the museum is essentially one little room (which was also cut in half by a private class or tour). In fact we wanted to get our money back but the front desk staff was gone for the day already. We felt completely ripped off! The security guard was nice enough to empathize and direct us to some other art galleries in the area which had 3 times more art than the museum. Save your money and your time on this one. Santa Barbara thinks it's a pretty cool town but I've yet to see why.
It was very cool and cost only 5.00 to enter. Had a few Monet paintings that was very cool. Alot of Asian art as well.
Very good exhibits, and knowledgeable docent(s)