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Gallery Tours
Special Exhibition Tours | Focus Tours | Techniques Tours | Community Speakers Program
 

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 884-6423 or email groupvisits@sbma.net. Tours are free with admission.
To book a school tour (Grades K-College) please refer to our Schools & Teachers page or call 884-6457 or email schoolprograms@sbma.net.
School Tours, over 5 students, require a reservation and are completely free.

 

Docent-Led Tours of Special Exhibitions
Daily at noon. Focus tours explore a special exhibition or particular collection such as Antiquities, American, Asian, European, Modern and Contemporary art or Photography. Please meet at the State Street entrance.

 

An Overview of the Collection:

 


Daily at 1 pm

Highlight tours cover a variety of works from the Museum's collection. Please meet at the State Street entrance.

 

Special Exhibition Tours:
 
 


Daumier Reveals All: Inside the Artist’s Studio

  December
  30 – 1 pm

 
Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures

  December
  17, 26 – noon
  14 – 2 pm

  January
  2 – noon
  4 – 1 pm


Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection

  December
  21, 28 – 2 pm

  January
  4 – 2 pm


Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums

  February
  15, 17, 21, 22, 25, 28 – noon

  March
  1, 4, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 22, 24, 28, 29 – noon


Focus Tours:

 

Asian Collection

  December
  21, 27 – noon

  January
  4, 9, 16, 17, 20, 21, 27, 29 – noon

  February
  5, 8, 26 – noon

  March
  11, 19, 27 – noon
  1 – 1 pm


European Collection

  December
  18 – noon
  20, 31 – 1 pm

  January
  3, 7, 11, 23, 28 – noon

  February
  3, 11, 14, 19 – noon
  22 – 1 pm

  March
  3, 6, 13, 20, 25 – noon


Sculpture

  December
  23 – noon

  January
  8, 22, 24, 30 – noon
  18 – noon

  February
  4, 7, 13, 20, 24 – noon
  15 – 1 pm

  March
  5, 10, 17, 31 – noon


Portraits

  December
  19, 24, 28 – noon

  January
  6, 10, 14, 18, 25 – noon
  18 – noon

  February
  1, 6, 10, 18, 27 – noon
  15 – 1 pm

  March
  18, 21, 26 – noon
  8, 29 – 1 pm

 


Community Speakers Program:
The SBMA Docent Council has developed a Community Speakers Program designed to offer presentations to community groups throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties on a variety of topics pertaining to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s special exhibitions and collections. Presentations are constructed thematically to provide comparison, contrast, context, and historical background. These interesting and dynamic presentations enhance the listeners’ appreciation of the Museum and its current exhibitions.

The goal of the Speakers Program is to promote SBMA and its mission, while encouraging listeners to visit the Museum. The Speakers Program reaches beyond the Museum walls, to bring art appreciation, enrichment and education to the community. The SBMA Docent Council has a longstanding tradition of excellence in education, by imparting enthusiastic and expertly crafted Museum tours. The Community Speakers Program offers the same enthusiasm, professionalism, and expertise to our community groups.

The first two presentations being offered bring greater understanding and appreciation of the following exhibitions: Botticelli, Titian and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums and Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation. Please contact Kathryn Padgett at docents@sbma.net if you wish to schedule a presentation for your community group.


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