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Timken Museum of Art

1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1620
+1 619-239-5548
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Museum that celebrates the important role of art as a way of enriching lives by featuring American, Dutch and Flemish, French, Italian paintings and Russian Icons.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1620
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+1 619-239-5548
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

My wife and I went to this museum while touring San Diego. The art collection is very nice albeit small. The staff at this museum consists of people, who seem to have NO interest in being pleasant and nice to visitors. They were grumpy and...More

Thank ravi4travel
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Free entry! Grrat small collection of mainly 16th to 18th Century Art. Many of the frames marked 'The Putnam Foundation'. Their world renowned Rembrandt is at another venue this year but returns in 2017 with a friend! Photography permitted so I have posted shots of...More

Thank Albywon
Reviewed 5 July 2016

This is a tiny (free) museum with some great art. As I understand, the art is from private collection and is changed. When I visited, they had a room full of Dutch Masters and a temporary exhibit on loan of Russian art. There are probably...More

1  Thank 60spink
Reviewed 18 May 2016

The Admission: FREE. This is the only museum that is free in Balboa Park. Very small museum... not much arts displayed. You can check out the museum pretty quick.

Thank travelercass
Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

This is quite small but includes lovely artwork and free admission. I recommend popping in for a look around. You can guy a $5 guidebook describing the artwork, which was useful. It wasn't too crowded when we were there (May).

Thank heatherjordan56
Reviewed 4 May 2016

If mammoth museums with endless rooms overwhelm you, the Timken Museum may be a refreshing option. Very well designed and managed. Interesting collection. Free.

Thank NLV-E
Reviewed 4 May 2016

This is a nice museum of mostly renaissance art. They own a Rembrandt, but unfortunately it was on loan to another museum. We enjoyed our time here, and the price is the best in the park, Free!

Thank Richard97008
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

This museum has some of the most beautiful masterpieces in Southern California. The fact that it's free blows me away. The art inside is varied and strikingly beautiful. The static collection includes a Rembrandt, American artists and some Renaissance artwork. The Timkin also hosts touring...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 6 April 2016

We really enjoyed this small museum. For one, it is very do-able unlike so many large museums which can be overwhelming. We lingered in this one, reading the explanations etc. Take the time to study the tapestries and the medieval art. We also really liked...More

1  Thank BarbaraofNantucket
Reviewed 5 April 2016

Next door to the larger San Diego Museum of Art, this very fine collection also should not be missed - and entry is free. Once again, we see the results of the discriminating collectors, the Putnam family. The building is well-designed to show the paintings...More

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