Santa Barbara and its surrounding region have much to offer its visitors when it comes to activities and attractions. From beautiful beaches and botanic gardens to museums and zoo animals, there is something for everyone. In order to get the full Santa Barbara experience during your vacation, there are a few different attractions that you definitely want to make sure are added to your itinerary. Whether you have a particular fondness for art or not, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, located in the city’s downtown area, will impress you with its displays and reflection of local life.
Historical Background of the Santa Barbara Art Museum
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art first opened its doors in 1941 in the town’s old post office building. Slowly expanding over the years, the museum is now comprised of 6,000 square feet, which holds galleries, an auditorium, a cafe, a gift shop, and a library. There are a number of pieces available for viewing that are a direct representation of remarkable periods in history.
What to Do During Your Visit
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11AM-5PM except for Thursdays when the hours are extended until 8PM. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children between 6 and 17 years of age, and free for all others. The museum features both permanent and special exhibits that offer a wide range of highlights.
The permanent collection presents works from Asian art, the 19th century French, American, and British art, 20th century and contemporary Europe, North American, Latin American art, as well as photography, prints, sculpture, and drawings. Special exhibits that bring pieces in from internationally recognized artists rotate every few months. There are also many events going on throughout the year and a children’s interactive gallery.
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