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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 4 December 2016 via mobile

It's place like other art museum but this month's theme -"indian version of Virgin Mary " amzed me. The permanent area has both american artists' paintings and their European counterparts. The exterior is old spanish art building. There consists of 2storeyed so I enjoyed my...More

Thank jajavalB
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Decided on one of the hot days, 95 degrees, to stay indoors and the Art Museum was a great idea. Admission was 1/2 price the day we visited, $5. A fine collection of sculptures, 16th century and 17th century art. An fine collection of Oriental...More

Thank itzaCamdenCty_NJ_USA
SDMA2015, Manager at San Diego Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2016

We're glad you enjoyed your visit. See you next time!

Reviewed 25 August 2016

Planned our day to visit Balboa Park and visit the museums. It just happened to be Food Truck night and some of the museums were opened later. Enjoyed immensely.

Thank vacationneededs53
SDMA2015, General Manager at San Diego Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

Glad you enjoyed "Balboa Park After Dark" - thanks for visiting!

Reviewed 23 August 2016

The SDMA has spilled out with sculptures unto the plaza area, the new heart of Balboa Park. You can enjoy the sculptures while watching history pedal by in vintage carriages for two (see snap) that are modelled after the ones used in the Panama California...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
SDMA2015, Manager at San Diego Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

We're glad you enjoyed the "Art of the Open Air" sculpture walk! It's great to see the Plaza activated with people, works of art, and those charming vintage carriages roaming around. We'll see you soon!

Reviewed 23 July 2016

I love Balboa Park and hate to write a negative review about anything, let alone a place in this beautiful park. However, I have had several lousy experiences in this place. One example-and the last time I will ever go back to this place-I brought...More

2  Thank Matthew B
Reviewed 18 July 2016

My wife and I went here on a day downtown. Deciding to come here, it was $15 for an adult which is pricey considering the Smithsonian is free. So after paying $30 the attractions were not so great and it was small compared to other...More

1  Thank Matthew H
Reviewed 10 July 2016

The European collection is fine, but the works downstairs were more interesting to us. They had an activity book and an activity section for the kids, which was actually fun for all of us. It's worth an hour or two of your time while at...More

Thank Tanya W
SDMA2015, Public Relations Manager at San Diego Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2016

Hi Tanya - we're glad you enjoyed our family-friendly activities. If you're looking for more family-fun, we suggest you visit us on a Family Drop-In Day! Offered from 1-3 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month, Museum educators offer gallery games, art-making activities, and...More

Reviewed 30 June 2016

This is a very small museum, I arrived at 4pm and was able to see everything before closing at 5pm. There was a small Expressionist exhibit and then the permanent small collection of European paintings. On the first floor, there is a collection of Asian...More

Thank CodyDC
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Came here with the wife to see the Quilt Exhibit. All of the quilts were very nice, but some of them were fantastic! When we finished with the quilts, we looked at a number of the other exhibits. Most of them were on the small...More

Thank bcreff
SDMA2015, Public Relations Manager at San Diego Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2016

Aren't the quilts amazing? Truly breathtaking American craftsmanship. We're glad you enjoyed the exhibition!

Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Good special exhibits and some good core items. Not a huge place to get lost in but fine to meander without crowds in front of that well-known artist you learned about in college. And, they do have quite a breadth in their collection. Worth the...More

Thank Jonagold4
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