Art Galleries

The arts are alive in Santa Barbara, as visitors discover in countless ways. Both emerging and established artists showcase their work in galleries extending from Santa Barbara’s downtown through The Funk Zone, and to the boulevards of Montecito and Summerland. The institutions of higher education — colleges, community colleges, and the university — also do their part, with dedicated spaces for regular exhibitions. Provocative and traditional artworks, collectible and museum-quality items…there’s something for every taste and, if you’re planning to bring something home, for every pocketbook.

All the arts are represented. Photography, painting, sculpture, architecture and video, along with folk, decorative, and outsider art draw aficionados to opening receptions, as well as to pop-ups and long-running shows.

Once a month, downtown galleries, museums and other venues stay open late and encourage visitors to stroll State Street on 1st Thursday art walks. Along with unveiling new exhibits and displays, receptions offer the opportunity to linger over wine and hors d’oeuvres and talk to artists about their work, while live music performances abound on street corners and in storefronts.

Similarly, The Funk Zone — which has a large contingent of artists working in its industrial buildings — holds monthly art walks and open studios. Joining the gallery-goers makes for a particularly lively way to explore the hip neighborhood.

Artists in other parts of the city also get into the act several other times of year, with open studio tours, accessible by car, for art-lovers.

As for handcrafted goods, the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show is a weekly open-air tradition that stretches for blocks and blocks along ocean-facing Cabrillo Boulevard, starting at Stearns Wharf, every Sunday.

Art Galleries in Santa Barbara


El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation stewards the past and present of the Presidio Neighborhood and inspires preservation advocacy throughout the County in order to create a more vibrant community. Founded in 1963 by Dr. Pearl Chase…



Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show

Held every Sunday year-round and on Saturdays of major holiday weekends, the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show highlights more than 200 of the amazing local artists and artisans who call Santa Barbara home. From original drawings and paintings…


Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1916 as the Museum of Comparative Oology, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has evolved to include more than 3.5 million specimens covering every aspect of natural history—from mammals, birds and marine life to geology,…


Architectural Foundation of SB

Founded in 1983, the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is a public non-profit charitable corporation whose mission is to support and provide programs that promote education about the importance of art, architecture, and design excellence.…


Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Take a fascinating journey from the past to the present at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Located on lovely grounds in the heart of downtown’s El Pueblo Viejo District, the Museum is one of the oldest cultural institutions in the city…


Maune Contemporary

Maune Contemporary was founded by Heidi and Ramsey Maune out of their love for contemporary and modern art. The gallery specializes in limited edition fine art prints and unique works by renowned international artists whose work has been…


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