Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Thursday 11 am - 8 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Daily tours are held at 12 noon and 1 pm and are included with admission. A museum store is on site

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art opened to the public on June 5, 1941, in a building that was at one time the Santa Barbara Post Office (1914–1932). Chicago architect David Adler simplified the building’s façade and created the Museum’s galleries, most notably Ludington Court which offers a dramatic sense of arrival for museum visitors. The newly renovated Park Wing Entrance and Luria Activities Center opened in June 2006.

Over its history the Museum has expanded with the addition of the Stanley R. McCormick Gallery in 1942 and the Sterling and Preston Morton Galleries in 1963. Significant expansions came when the Alice Keck Park Wing opened to the public in 1985 and the Jean and Austin H. Peck, Jr. Wing in 1998. The Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, a center for art education activities, was established in 1991.

Today, the Museum’s 60,000 square feet include exhibition galleries, a Museum Shop, Cafe, a 154-seat auditorium, a library containing 50,000 books and 55,000 slides, a children’s gallery dedicated to participatory interactive programming and an 11,500-square-foot off-site facility, the Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House.

The Museum is overseen by a 30-member Board of Trustees and administered by a staff of over 90 full and part-time employees. SBMA has 4,400 members and more than 325 volunteers serving as Trustees, Docents, members of the Museum’s Women’s Board and leaders of our advisory committees and art interest groups.

Directions: Take the 101 to the Garden Street exit. Turn away from the ocean.  Take Garden Street to Anapamu Street. Make a left turn onto Anapamu, then go two blocks to Anacapa Street. Turn left onto Anacapa for one-half block, then make a right turn into the public parking garage. Walk down ramp from parking garage to the Park Wing entrance of the Museum.