Small but beautiful, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is well-renowned for its beautiful collection of French and English 19th and early 20th century art, as well as International Modernism and Contemporary Photography exhibits. See the fine art photography prints, walk past ancient Greek statues, and read about the installation of the Portrait of Mexico today, the only intact mural in the US by the world-famous Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Straddling the old and new, the Santa Barbara Museum of art does well to incorporate the many cultural avenues of those that call the area home, and a visit here is a bit like stepping into Santa Barbara’s version of Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum of Modern art – only smaller, more compact.
Located at 1130 State Street, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is open Tuesday – Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and closed Mondays. Admission is $10 for adults, but the museum is free every first Thursday of each month.