Gallery Tours

During your visit to the Museum, you are invited to join a docent-led gallery tour. Gallery tours are informative and eye-opening. They provide an opportunity to experience and discuss a selection of artworks in a relaxed, informal setting. Gallery tours are free with Museum admission, and begin in the lobby at the State Street entrance. To book a docent-led tour for an adult group, please call 805.884.6423 or email Tours are free with admission.

To book a school tour (Grades K-College) please refer to our Schools & Teachers page or call 805.884.6457 or email

School Tours, over 5 students, require a reservation and are completely free.

Highlight tours of the museum’s current exhibitions begin daily at 1 pm.

Docent "Ten Talks"

Every 1st Thursday
6:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Ten-minutes, one work of art, and informal, interactive conversation in the galleries. Please meet at the State street entrance.

Docent-Led Tours of Special Exhibitions

Docent-Led tours explore highlights and focus areas of the Museum’s permanent collection as well as special exhibitions.

Exhibition Tours

Regularly scheduled tours are at 1pm Tuesday-Thursday and 1pm and 2pm Friday-Sunday. Private group tours are available by appointment and require a minimum of two weeks notification.
Any questions please contact Rachael Krieps at

Brought to Light
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Crosscurrents: Photography
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Crosscurrents: Portrait
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HIghlights of the Collection
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Focus Tours

Docent Highlights Tours

1 pm – 2, 3, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 23
1 pm – 2, 3, 9, 17, 20, 23, 30, 31


1 pm – 6, 15, 20, 28
1 pm – 7, 13, 16, 22, 28


1 pm – 8, 13, 22
1 pm – 1, 14, 27
Santa Barbara Art Museum

Museum Hours

Tues - Sun 11 am - 5 pm
Thurs 11 am - 8 pm
Closed Mondays and holidays
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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