The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, one of southern California’s finest art museums, features nationally recognized collections and special exhibitions of international importance. Highlights of the Museum’s remarkable permanent collection include antiquities; 19th-century French, British, and American art; 20th-century and contemporary European, North American and Latin American art; Asian art; photography; and works on paper.
Current exhibitions include “Highlights of the Permanent Collection” (Ongoing), “British Art from Whistler to World War II” (September 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017), “Cecil Beaton’s ‘London’s Honourable Scars’: Photographs of the Blitz” (September 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017), “Untitled: Drawing from the Schorr Collection” (October 23, 2016 – February 5, 2017). Upcoming exhibitions include “David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling” (January 29 – May 14, 2017).
Visitors will also enjoy the interactive Family Resource Center, Museum Store, and Museum Cafe.
It’s easy to see the allure of Santa Barbara: long stretches of tawny sand edging an expanse of ocean, an imposing backdrop of chaparral-covered mountains, and in between, a ribbon of land that is home to four exciting cities — Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito and Summerland. Santa Barbara and surrounding areas welcome families and individuals who enjoy the outdoors, sports, arts and culture, fine food and wine. There’s something for everyone… and three days will give you a chance to sample its charms.
With so much to see and do in Santa Barbara, your instinct may be to hop in your car each morning without even thinking about it. But, luckily for you, the city boasts a number of care-free ways to get around and explore, each of which offers their own unique brand of fun, and none of which involve parking meters. Check ’em out!