Grand Reopening August 15, 2021

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art welcomes you back for the Grand Reopening of the renovated building on August 15, 2021.

After a six-year, $50 million project, the transformation is breathtaking­­­—including an enhanced visitor experience, new dedicated spaces for Contemporary Art, New Media, and Photography, and overall improvements that were critical in the handling and safeguarding a growing collection of art.

Marking its 80th anniversary this year, SBMA welcomes you back through the doors on State Street, into the original 1912 structure—the heart of SBMA and the Santa Barbara community.

  • Advanced reservations are encouraged for admission to the newly renovated galleries. Get tickets at tickets.sbma.net
  • August 15 is a Free Community Day! Make advance reservations at tickets.sbma.net

Activities on August 15

1:30 – 4:30 pm
Free Art-Making Activity
Photo Tryptychs

Celebrate the reinstallation of the Museum’s permanent collection! Add soft layers of color using pastels and an oil medium to black and white copies of cityscapes, portraits, and landscapes featured in SBMA’s photography collection. Assemble your reimagined works into a triptych on paper.

Location: State Street Terrace


11 am – 5 pm
Coloring Book

All families receive a free copy of the Museum’s bilingual Color Our Collection coloring book, comprised of line drawings of selected artworks from the Museum’s collection, including paintings by Rufino Tamayo, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Claude Monet. The book features biographical information about the artists, along with questions that encourage closer looking.

Pick up at Visitor Services Desks or art activity tables

Be the first to visit as a Member!

  • Be among the first to see the renovated galleries by becoming an SBMA Member and receive an invitation to the Members Grand Reopening Celebration.
  • Members enjoy free general admission all year long, as well as invitations to Members only events and receptions
  • To join, renew, or learn more about Membership, visit the Join page or contact 805.884.6490 or membership@sbma.net.
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Our heartfelt thanks to art handling specialists from Wolf Magritte, Getty conservator Erik Risser, and the SBMA facilities team for their masterful installation of the paintings and sculptures in Ludington Court.
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