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