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San Diego Museum of Art

1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1618
+1 619-232-7931
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The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum, provides a rich and diverse cultural experience. Located in the heart of beautiful Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned permanent collection includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures.In addition, the Museum regularly features major exhibitions from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule of supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults. Exhibition text is always in English and Spanish.
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1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1618
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Reviewed 2 days ago

While it's not enormous, and you don't need hours to do it properly. The 1-2 hours you can spend here will be very well spent. They have a very eclectic collection and it is in a really lovely environment. Also, the gift shop is subtle...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great doscent who showed us some higlights of the collection. We then toured on our own for another hour or more. Recommend you take the doscent tour as they add highlights you may not have considerated. I was surpsied at the variety of art in...More

Thank Darcybev
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I bought the Balboa Park Explorer pass, I was excited to visit as many of the participating museums as we could during our three-day visit. And, it turns out that the San Diego Museum of Art was actually one of my very favorite places...More

Thank aloha056
Reviewed 15 August 2017

One of my favorite museums in San Diego. It's small, but there's great pieces from big name artists like Monet, El Greco, Goya, and Dali. The museum is in a great location, in Balboa Park. Admission is free for students which is an added bonus....More

1  Thank emma b
Reviewed 12 August 2017

This is a small well designed art museum. Parking is really difficult so be prepared to walk. No major collections yet a lot of good individual pieces by major artists. I particularly like the California landscape pieces.

Thank Tomedin1
Reviewed 12 August 2017

We like the modern art exhibits, and some of Monet's pieces, especially the Water Lily Pond. A staff, Elyse, is friendly and knowledgeable. She patiently told us about the background of the paintings that we were looking at, and guided our daughter on the appreciation...More

3  Thank DianaPei
Reviewed 19 July 2017

I admit coming from Chicago, when it comes to museums I tend to be spoiled. The San Diego Museum Art can definitely be a worthwhile afternoon spot depending on what you are looking for. The museum itself is beautiful and has a reasonable admission price....More

1  Thank DanielaL89
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Rather than going to the beach on the 4th of July we went to the San Diego Museum of Art. It was a great move. The Richard Deacon exhibition, "What You See Is What You Get," is a stand out of contemporary sculpture using metal...More

1  Thank GeorgeGnm
Reviewed 28 May 2017

The European and Asian art exhibits at this museum are negligible. But their Southwestern art collection and their special exhibits of present day artists are great. Their American art collection is pretty good. We were there in May 2017 and the featured artist was Richard...More

Thank tkii
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Had a wonderful afternoon here gazing over some incredible works by some Spanish Old Masters, and art with alot of history with some of the works dating back some 7,000 years.

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