Frequently Asked Questions

Visiting the Museum

When is the AD&A Museum open to the public and what is the price of admission?

Information on the AD&A Museum’s hours of operation may be accessed on the Visit page of the website. Admission to the AD&A Museum is always free.

Where can I find information about what is currently on view at the AD&A Museum?

For information on current exhibitions, visit our Exhibitions page. A rotating selection of objects from our permanent collection is always on display. You may view information about the museum’s permanent collections by visiting either the Art Collections or the Architecture and Design Collection pages. If you have questions concerning the display of a specific object in the Museum’s collection, please contact the Museum directly at (805) 893-2951 or email Chester Battle at

Where should I park? Can I reach the AD&A Museum with public transportation?

Information on parking and public transportation may be found on our Directions page.

How can I find out more about access to the museum for people with disabilities?

For information on disabled parking, passenger drop-off locations, please call 805-893-2951. 

How do I arrange for a group visit or tour of the AD&A Museum?

Please contact the Museum at (805) 893-2951. Educators and UC Santa Barbara faculty who wish to schedule a class visit are advised to view our Teaching in the Museum page for additional information.

Is there a restaurant or café at the AD&A Museum?

While there is not a restaurant at the AD&A Museum, we are located on the Storke Plaza across from the UC Santa Barbara University Center, known on campus as the “UCen.” The UCen offers several options for dining, including a coffee bar, sandwich shop, pizza, salad, soups, Asian cuisine, a convenience store and an ATM machine. Please visit the UCen website to get further information about vendors, location and hours. In addition, there are tables and chairs at both the Storke Plaza and the UCen where one may consume food or drink brought to the AD&A Museum. Museum staff is also happy to direct you to the UC Santa Barbara lagoon located just a short walk from the AD&A Museum. At the lagoon, visitors will find a broad lawn ideal for picnicking while overlooking the water. (Note, food and drink are not permitted inside the AD&A Museum. Picnic lunches, coolers or any beverage or food items must be checked at the entrance desk when entering the Museum.

Where are facilities available for diaper changing?

The restrooms at the UCen are equipped with a changing table which museum visitors may use during the UCen’s operating hours. As the UCen may have limited opening hours during school breaks and university holidays, families are advised to check the UCen’s hours of operation before visiting the museum.

May I photograph works on display in the AD&A Museum galleries?

Photographs taken without flash may be permitted. Certain exceptions exist when copyright restrictions prohibit photography, particularly in the case of special exhibitions where works on display are not owned by the Museum. In such cases, signage will be posted to instruct visitors that photography is not permitted.

Museum Business Matters

How do I request permission to reproduce works from the collections of the AD&A Museum?

Questions regarding the reproduction of works from the Art Collections at the AD&A Museum collections may be sent to Susan Lucke, Collections Manager & Registrar at

Questions regarding the reproduction of works from the Architecture and Design Collection at the AD&A Museum may be sent to the ADC Reference Archivist at

Does the AD&A Museum offer art appraisal services?

Unfortunately, the AD&A Museum is unable to offer art appraisal services.

Does the AD&A Museum offer art conservation services?

The AD&A Museum does not offer conservation services.

Does the AD&A Museum recommend framers?

The AD&A Museum does not make recommendations regarding framing services.

How can I donate a work of art to the AD&A Museum?

To donate a work of art, please contact Leslie Gray, Senior Director of Development,