Discover central California’s vibrant visual art scene on a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, the premier venue for contemporary art between Los Angeles and San Francisco. MCASB was founded in 1976 with mission to advance creativity and inspire critical thinking through meaningful engagement with the art of our time. In keeping with its dedication to the art being made today, MCASB is a non-profit, non-collecting museum. Exhibitions rotate three times annually and are typically on view for 14 weeks. The Museum’s world-class roster features solo and group exhibitions of artists of diverse media, ethnicity, geography, and gender.
You’ll find Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, located in the picturesque outdoor Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center on the Upper Arts Terrace. In addition to the rotating exhibitions, MCASB hosts more than 30 events per year, including a fun monthly Curated Cocktails event as part of Santa Barbara’s First Thursday art walk evenings. Stop by to sip creative signature cocktails, participate in interactive activities and explore the exhibitions currently on display.
Hours, Admission and Parking
The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is now open Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 3pm. All visitors, including members, are required to make an online reservation at least 24 hours in advance. Each reservation lasts 30 minutes and attendance will be limited to allow for proper physical distancing between guests. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday and the first Friday in August.
Appointments can be made here: https://www.mcasantabarbara.org/appointments/
Admission to MCASB and most of its programs is completely FREE! However, visitors are welcome to make a donation or purchase a membership during their visit to help support the Museum’s exhibitions and mission.
Parking for MCASB is available in the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center public garage adjacent to MCASB. The first 75 minutes are free and the charge is $1.50 for each hour thereafter. Street parking is available in the neighborhoods off of Chapala Street.
Tips for Your Visit
For the safety of everyone at MCASB, all guests are currently required to wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth at all times in the Museum. Leave your bags, backpacks, water bottles, and personal items at home, or in your vehicle, to prevent passing items to and from staff. Backpacks, large bags, and water bottles are not allowed in the Museum, and we will be unable to hold them for you at the front desk.
The Museum is closed between exhibitions for de-installation and installation of each exhibition. Before you visit, check the exhibition calendar to ensure that the Museum will be open to the public.
Photography for personal, non-commercial use is allowed in the Museum, unless otherwise posted. Flash photography and tripods are not permitted.
All of the Museum’s galleries are stroller and wheelchair accessible. Service animals are welcome in the museum, but pets are not permitted due to the fragile and varied nature of the artwork.