Renovation Intro

The Renovation

At the center of programming is the need to safeguard and preserve the 28,000 works of art in the collection, to ensure the safety of visitors and staff, and to provide spaces that bring art alive and enhance the audience experience. The Museum is in serious need of seismic retrofitting. An aging roof and mechanical systems, in need of replacement, compromise our ability to protect the art we are entrusted to preserve. The art receiving facility must be completely reconstructed in order for us to receive and move art objects safely. Storage and conservation space is insufficient to safeguard our growing collection. We must make significant and important renovations and improvements to the facility today and make provision for maintenance and capital expenditures in the future.

The Right Museum, the Right Time

Through the success of the campaign, new gallery space will allow SBMA to put more of the permanent collection on view. And a greater variety of exhibited art secured from museums and collectors throughout the world will better serve the community by allowing our curators to delve deeper into their subjects, benefitting students and the broader community.

Critical Needs of the Facility

  • Seismic retrofitting
  • Creating new storage and conservation space to safeguard our growing collection
  • Replacing aging roof and mechanical systems
  • Constructing new Art Receiving Facility to receive and move art objects safely

New Gallery Spaces

  • 25 percent more gallery space
  • Renovations to Asian Art, Ridley-Tree, Emmons, McCormick, Sterling Morton, Gould, Campbell, Von Romberg, and Preston Morton Galleries

Enhanced Museum Experience

  • More cohesive flow from one gallery to the next
  • Renovated State Street entrance
  • New Park Wing entrance
  • Emphasis on utilization of green products, and sustainable building practices.
  • New heating and cooling systems, roofing, skylights, electrical services, plumbing, fire protection systems, lighting, elevators, and public restrooms

Flythrough Videos

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art's building renovation project is comprehensive and involves nearly every square foot of the Museum. The proposed new and renovated spaces will benefit visitors by enhancing gallery space, expanding offerings to the community, and addressing the critical issues of seismic retrofitting and improving safety. Completing the facility renovation plan will be one of the most important achievements in our history. Read More

Next Steps Timeline

Updates on the renovation plan and 
ongoing construction projects.