Santa Barbara Museum of Art#7 in Best Things To Do in Santa Barbara
In the heart of downtown on bustling State Street, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art infuses some high culture into this laid-back Californian community.
The museum houses permanent collections of American, European and Asian art, including sculptures, paintings, prints and ceramics, and prides itself on the diversity of its exhibits. The museum also offers docent-led tours daily.
Recent visitors say that although gallery space is small, the variety of artwork and special temporary collections make up for it.
The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6 to 17, seniors and students with ID. For more information, pay a visit to the museum's official website.
More Best Things To Do in Santa Barbara
#1 State Street
Santa Barbara's most famous avenue, State Street cuts through downtown and leads right onto Stearns Wharf. It's nearly impossible to miss with its shops, art galleries, theaters and museums like the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. You can grab a ride on the electric shuttle for 50 cents, but most travelers and locals recommend you walk to truly appreciate the ambiance.
After a few hours of shopping — with more than 300 shops and stores — visitors usually slide into a chair at one of the 160 local restaurants to refuel.
Explore More of Santa Barbara
When purchasing from our site, we may earn commissions. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.
Holly JohnsonAugust 8, 2019
Erin ShieldsAugust 6, 2019
Christine SmithAugust 6, 2019
Lyn MettlerJuly 26, 2019
Kyle McCarthyJuly 25, 2019
Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 25, 2019
Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 24, 2019
Gwen PratesiJuly 23, 2019
Holly JohnsonJuly 22, 2019