MCASB is a non-collecting contemporary art museum located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara in Paseo Nuevo, serving Santa Barbara and the Central Coast with 3-5 exhibitions and 30+ educational programs each year.
The museum is closed between exhibitions for deinstallation and installation of each exhibition. We encourage you to check our exhibition calendar online to ensure a visit when the Museum is open to the public.
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara advances creativity and inspires critical thinking through meaningful engagement with the art of our time.
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Paseo Nuevo Upper Arts Terrace
653 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
MCASB is located on the Paseo Nuevo Upper Arts Terrace, above Eureka.
Use the tiled stairs facing Chapala Street to access our Main Entrance.
MCASB does not accept unsolicited artist materials.
As of November 16, 2020, Santa Barbara County has been moved back to the "purple" tier of the state's assessment of COVID-19 risk in our area. Indoor museums must remain closed in this tier.
The main galleries are closed on the following days: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, and the first Friday of August.
|From the South||From the North|
|US-101 North||US-101 South|
|Take the Carrillo Street exit and turn right toward downtown||Take the Carrillo Street exit and turn left toward downtown|
|Turn right onto Chapala Street||Turn right onto Chapala Street|
|After De La Guerra Street, turn left in the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center parking garage. MCASB is located on the top level||After De La Guerra Street, turn left into Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center parking garage. MCASB is located on the top level|
The Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center public garage is adjacent to MCASB. The first 75 minutes are free and the charge is $1.50 for each hour thereafter. 75- and 90-minute street parking is available in the neighborhoods off of Chapala Street.
Photography for personal, non-commercial use is permitted, unless otherwise posted. Flash photography and tripods are not permitted. Direct all photo requests, including requests for images of objects or the building for publication to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All galleries are stroller and wheelchair accessible. Service animals are welcome in the museum, but due to the fragile and varied nature of the artworks, we ask that you leave pets at home.