COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

The Museum is following precautionary guidelines as recommended by the CDC and County of Santa Barbara to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. The following outlines the procedures, policies, operations, and how you can help make the Museum a positive experience for all.

  • Please do not visit if you have a cough or fever.
  • Bring your online reservation confirmation with you (either printed or on your smartphone) to show upon arrival at the Visitor Services desk.
  • Museum attendance will be limited to a maximum capacity of 50 visitors at one time.
  • Masks are required for visitors and staff at all times while at the Museum including all areas—lobby, galleries, stairs, elevator, Museum Store, and restrooms. Masks must be worn covering nose and mouth.
  • Additional signage has been placed throughout the Museum informing of social distancing rules, wayfinding, and additional guidelines. Please follow all directions to help us ensure the Museum is as safe as possible for everyone.
  • Visitors will have self-directed access to the galleries but will follow a one-way flow of movement through the Ridley-Tree Gallery.
  • Elevator usage will be limited to three visitors at one time.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet or more from other visitors, unless in same visiting party.
  • Please do not bring backpacks or large bags. The use of visitor lockers is unavailable at this time.
  • All docent-led tours have been suspended.
  • Hand sanitization stations will be available.
  • Increased hourly sanitization is scheduled for all public areas and surfaces.
  • All drinking fountains have been turned off as an additional health protection.
  • Please remember to wash your hands frequently.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Please contact Visitor Services at or 805.884.6423

Santa Barbara Art Museum

Museum Hours

In accordance with the State of California orders and in response to COVID-19, the Museum is currently closed.

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