Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Entertainment & Arts

North America, United States, Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is an art museum located at 1130 State St. in downtown Santa Barbara, California. It was founded in 1941 and currently ranks amongst the top 10 regional art museums in the United States. It is home to both permanent and special collections, the former of which includes Asian, American, and European art that spans 4,000 years from ancient to modern. The permanent collection also includes pre-Columbian sculpture, African sculpture, musical instruments, the Alice Schott Doll Collection, which includes dolls from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, American and European paintings, and French Impressionists. The American art collection contains early portraits as well as 19th- and 20th century still lifes, landscapes, and sculptures. The Asian art collection contains art from China, Japan, Tibet, India, and Southeast Asia. A number of artists are represented, among them are Thomas Eakins, Claude Monet, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and Georgia O'Keeffe. In 1998, the museum opened the Peck Wing. The museum now contains three galleries. Additionally, the museum is home to the Constance and George Fearing Library, which contains reference books, art periodicals, and exhibition catalogs.