1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA

Celebrate 5,000 years of human history and creativity on a visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. First opened in 1941, the Museum is located in the heart of downtown in a stately building that was once the Santa Barbara Post Office. SBMA’s renowned 27,000-piece permanent collection spans both the centuries and the globe, with works ranging from classical antiquities to modern installations. Explore a fascinating array of 19th-century French, British and American art; 20th-century and contemporary European, North American and Latin American art; Asian art; sculptures; photography; and works on paper.

Whether you want to enjoy a contemplative stroll through the galleries or participate in a lively interactive discussion, SBMA provides visitors with many ways to connect more deeply with the artwork. The Museum continually offers a robust calendar of events, tours, classes, educational programs, lectures and free resources for adults, families and kids.

Hours, Admissions and Tours

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additionally, SBMA offers Free Thursday Evenings, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays, the 4th of July, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the galleries, cafe and store close at 3 p.m. 

Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for seniors (65+), students (with ID) and children age 6–17. Admission is free for SBMA Members, children under six, active U.S. military personnel and military families (with military ID), Santa Barbara County students (K – college) and Santa Barbara County teachers (K – 12).

Gallery tours highlighting the Museum’s permanent collection and current exhibitions are included in the price of admission and begin daily at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively in the lobby at the State Street entrance. On Free Thursday Evenings, the Museum also offers Docent “Ten Talks” at 6 and 6:30 p.m. These informal, interactive ten-minute conversations focus on one particular work of art and begin at the State Street entrance. To find out about tours of upcoming temporary exhibitions, check the Museum’s current tour information.

Tips for Your Visit

SBMA is always free and open on Thursday evenings, and also participates in Santa Barbara’s 1st Thursday events. On the first Thursday evening of every month, you can get a fun glimpse of Santa Barbara’s art and culture scene, as many galleries and venues around downtown offer free access to visual and performing art.

If you’ll be attending the Museum with children, check out the Family Resource Center, where Museum Teaching Artists are available to assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. And drop by the Visitors Services Desks to pick up a free Family Guide, which includes games, activities and information to help parents and children explore the galleries together. 

SBMA has recently been undergoing renovations to update and improve its facilities, so be sure to check the Museum website before your visit for up-to-date information on possible closures of the galleries and/or cafe, entrance changes and detours.

To take home a memento of your visit, stop by the Museum Store located on the lower level. The store features a variety of items unique to SBMA’s permanent and special exhibitions, as well as art books, jewelry, décor, toys and more. Grab lunch or a quick bite at the Museum Cafe, also on the lower level and open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

Download SBMA’s free smartphone app to inform and enhance your Museum experience. The app includes interactive audio and video content and also provides the latest information on current and future events, products and travel opportunities.

Hours of Operation

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11AM - 5PM
Wednesday 11AM - 5PM
Thursday 11AM - 8PM
Friday 11AM - 5PM
Saturday 11AM - 5PM
Sunday 11AM - 5PM

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Special Events



Family 1st Thursday

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Dab colored dots of brightly hued paint over a masking tape grid on watercolor paper, then remove the tape to reveal the negative space,…


Family 1st Thursday

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Sculpt a seated figure with armature wire and paper clay, inspired by Allison Saar’s Inheritance (2009), on view…



- / Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

The Mariners Grand Staircase

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Inaugurating the Park Projects series at SBMA is a site-specific installation by Los Angeles-based artist April Street. The installation…


- / Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Photographs by Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Born and raised in Mexico City and largely self-taught, Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002) is among the most important Mexican…


- / Recurring weekly on Tuesday

Winter After-School Multimedia Class

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Discover how color evokes mood and emotions, taking cues from works from the Museum’s collection and the photography…


- / Recurring weekly on Wednesday

Winter After-School Ceramics Class

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Learn the basic techniques of sculptural and functional ceramics, including hand building and wheel throwing, in a fun and relaxed…


- / Recurring weekly on Thursday

Winter Adult Ceramics Class

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Inspired by works of art in the Museum's permanent collection and current exhibitions, students of all skill levels are able to develop…


- / Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

A Brilliant Spectrum

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Representing a broad range of artists, years, techniques, and themes, this exhibition of approximately 30 works offers viewers a rich and…


Reflections on a Watery World

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Inspired by the site-specific installation by Los Angeles-based artist April Street, The Mariners' Grand Staircase (Armoured Stars, Flying…


Maxwell Quartet

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1st Prize winner and Audience Prize winner at the Trondheim (Norway) International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, the Maxwell Quartet…


Art Matters Lecture

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

According to his biographer Ascancio Condivi, Michelangelo created his first painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony, when the young…



Studio Sunday

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Create a three-dimensional version of Tom Bianchi’s minimalist beach scene, Untitled, 628, by collaging sandpaper and balsawood…


Art Matters Lecture

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

In recent decades, interdisciplinary technical study of works of art, pooling the expertise of art historians, conservators, and…


Armchair Travels Lecture

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Palmyra, in the heart of the Syrian Desert, was a rich trading center in Antiquity on the Silk Route between the Mediterranean and Central…


Writing in the Galleries

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Writers of all levels are invited to participate in this informal exploration of the Museum's galleries as an impetus to writing. Each…


Art Matters Lecture

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

That art has this power to haunt us to such a degree that we scheme of ways to see what we have heard about or seen in reproduction or can…


Sketching in the Galleries

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in current exhibitions. Museum Teaching…


Art Matters Lecture

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

When Edgar Degas traveled across the sea to visit his Creole family in New Orleans in 1872, he continually expressed his anxiety about his…



Studio Sunday

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Sculpt a kneeling figure in air-dry clay, inspired by the approximately 500-year-old, Pre-Columbian Kneeling Figure in Out…


Sketching in the Galleries

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in current exhibitions. Museum Teaching…


Mandelring Quartet

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Formed in 1983 in the German wine region in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, three Schmidt siblings – Sebastian, Nanette and Bernhard…


Writing in the Galleries

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Writers of all levels are invited to participate in this informal exploration of the Museum's galleries as an impetus to writing. Each…


Family 1st Thursday

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Photograph a farm animal figurine with a Polaroid camera, then create a hidden-tab landscape setting in chalk pastel, inspired by David…


Quatuor Danel

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Quatuor Danel has been at the forefront of the European music scene since its founding in 1991, with major concert performances…


Sketching in the Galleries

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in current exhibitions. Museum Teaching…


Studio Sunday

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Play with tradition and innovation by block printing an iconic Hokusai wave in shades of blue and white over a reproduction of Asako…


Writing in the Galleries

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Writers of all levels are invited to participate in this informal exploration of the Museum's galleries as an impetus to writing. Each…


Sketching in the Galleries

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in current exhibitions. Museum Teaching…


Writing in the Galleries

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Writers of all levels are invited to participate in this informal exploration of the Museum's galleries as an impetus to writing. Each…


Writing in the Galleries

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Writers of all levels are invited to participate in this informal exploration of the Museum's galleries as an impetus to writing. Each…


Sketching in the Galleries

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in current exhibitions. Museum Teaching…