Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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, socially-distanced stroll through the galleries or participate in a selection of virtual offerings and educational alternatives, SBMA provides visitors with many ways to connect more deeply with the artwork. The Museum continually offers a robust calendar of virtual events, tours and classes via Zoom, educational programs, lectures and free resources for adults, families and kids. Learn more about virtual offerings here.

Hours, Admissions and Tours

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. SBMA offers early access from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. for seniors and at-risk individuals. 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 and store close at 3 p.m.

Admission for non-members is $10 for adults and $6 for kids under 6 and seniors 65+. Enjoy free on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Advance ticketing reservations are highly recommended and guarantee your entry time.

Tips for Your Visit

If you’ll be attending the Museum with children, 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. Or purchase items at home via the Museum’s online store here.

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.

Health & Safety Standards

The Museum is following precautionary guidelines as recommended by the CDC and County of Santa Barbara to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. The following outlines the procedures, policies, operations, and how you can help make the Museum a positive experience for all.

  • Please do not visit if you have a cough or fever.

  • Bring your online reservation confirmation with you (either printed or on your smartphone) to show upon arrival at the Visitor Services desk.

  • Museum attendance will be limited to a maximum capacity of 50 visitors at one time.

  • Masks are required for all visitors 2 years and older at all times and in all areas of the Museum, including lobby, galleries, stairs, elevator, Museum Store, and restrooms. Masks must be worn covering nose and mouth.

  • Additional signage has been placed throughout the Museum informing of social distancing rules, wayfinding, and additional guidelines. Please follow all directions to help us ensure the Museum is as safe as possible for everyone.

  • Visitors will have self-directed access to the galleries but will follow a one-way flow of movement through the Ridley-Tree Gallery.

  • Elevator usage will be limited to three visitors at one time.

  • Maintain a distance of six feet or more from other visitors, unless in same visiting party.

  • Please do not bring backpacks or large bags. The use of visitor lockers is unavailable at this time.

  • All docent-led tours have been suspended.

  • Hand sanitization stations will be available.

  • Increased hourly sanitization is scheduled for all public areas and surfaces.

  • All drinking fountains have been turned off as an additional health protection.

  • Please remember to wash your hands frequently.

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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