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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
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1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1618
+1 619-232-7931
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

2  Thank DianaPei
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Ambersykesbrown
Reviewed 22 May 2017

This museum has two floors of great art, both contemporary and old master. Highly recommended for adults, not so much for children.

Thank John H
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Worldwide paintings and sculptures, you will enjoy this museum. It may not be the largest art museum I've visited, but I enjoyed it just the same. Go at your own pace, and and absorb what you think the artist was attempting to portray. $15 for...More

1  Thank FLworldwanderer
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Every year the San Diego Museum of Art comes alive with blooms one weekend in April (28-30 in 2017). If you miss this colorful show you can check out the new vault exhibit as well as the cool, huge Richard Deacon pieces or the Giotto...More

3  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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