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


Art of the Table

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Board presents Art of the Table! Twelve designers of local and national acclaim will…


Family 1st Thursdays

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Bring the whole family to enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center, located across from the Museum Cafe on the…


Custom Mother’s Day Greeting Cards

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Join local artist, Suemae Willhite, as she demonstrates Chinese calligraphy and flower paint brushing techniques. Take home your own…

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Quire of Voyces Short Program Concert

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces returns to SBMA to perform short programs of choral music. The group was founded in 1993 to rediscover…

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Kathy Kamei Trunk Show

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Join the Museum Store for a special trunk show highlighting new designs from Kathy Kamei. Kathy Kamei jewelry is created by hand in Bali.…

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Nam June Paik: “TV Clock”

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Korean-born, American artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006) blazed a trail with video art that remains influential to this day.…


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Summer Art Camp

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SBMA Art Camps offer students the opportunity to explore a variety of art fundamentals such as drawing, painting, sculpting, color, and…


- / Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Summer Ceramics Camp

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…