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5 – 8 pm FOR FREE!

Chase Free Thursday Evenings include:
  • Access to all galleries
  • Brief docent talks in select exhibitions
  • Refreshments available for purchase
  • Family Resource Center and Museum Store open
  • Special programming – check back here for details


Special Programming

Every Thursday

Docent "Ten-Talks"
6:10 pm and 7:10 pm

Ten-minutes, one work of art, and informal, interactive conversation in the galleries.
Please meet at the State Street entrance.

October / November

1st Thursday
Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm

Family 1st Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8pm.

Eadweard Muybridge, Untitled (Elephant), 1887. Collotype. SBMA, Gift of Margaret W. Weston

Animal Locomotion

Thursday, December 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Draw elephants or raccoons on sheets of acetate film to create the illusion of animals in motion after Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs in Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures.

Images: Jack Spencer, Water Dogs, 1997. Gelatin silver print, ed. 14/15. SBMA, Gift of Arthur B. Steinman. Yuichi Hibi, Hibi’s Me-chan, 1993 (printed 2008). Gelatin silver print, ed. 1/15. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by Lorna Hedges

Felix vs. Fido: Watch the Videos and Vote for Your Favorite
Thursday, December 4, 5 – 7:30 pm
Gather on the Museum's Front Steps and watch a curated collection of looped cat and dog videos—from six-second videos to short films and everything in between—curated by SBMA Curator of Photography Karen Sinsheimer and UCSB Professor of Critical Theory and Integrated Studies Colin Gardner. Then cast your vote (Cat vs. Dog) on slips of paper, and see who wins during 1st Thursday!

Museum Front Steps

Quire of Voyces
Thursday, December 4, 5 – 7:30 pm
This dynamic a capella group returns to SBMA! The group was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred choral music of the Renaissance and modern age. Nathan Kreitzer conducts 25 professional singers from the Central Coast who volunteer their talents to present the highest quality of performance all in historic settings.

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