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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 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
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:

Focus Tours:


  8, 13, 16, 23 – noon
  2, 10, 13, 16, 24, 28 – noon

Asian Collection

6, 14, 20, 22, 28 – noon

3, 6, 12, 18, 21, 27 – noon

European Collection

6, 14, 20, 22, 28 – noon
5, 7, 11, 17, 20, 23 – noon


  10, 15, 19 – noon
  9, 19, 25, 30 – noon


  5, 9, 17, 27, 30 – noon
  June 9, 19, 25, 30 – noon


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 if you wish to schedule a presentation for your community group.

Docents in Gallery Tour
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