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Address: 110 South Market St, San Jose, CA 91553
Phone Number: 408-271-6840
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One of San Jose's most historic buildings, this former post office is now...

One of San Jose's most historic buildings, this former post office is now home to a permanent collection, and it features rotating exhibits as well.

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A Fine Art Museum

Located in the original city library the San Jose Museum of Art has a wide variety of collections which are changed frequently. They cater not only to adults, but also to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
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184 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Located in the original city library the San Jose Museum of Art has a wide variety of collections which are changed frequently. They cater not only to adults, but also to children. It is worth a visit.

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Santiago, Chile
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

I have been going to this museum since I was child (they used to have art classes in the back rooms). The exhibits are pretty top notch for San Jose, the gift shop is a must check in regularly for cool artistic worldly gifts. Great location, near parking and amazing restaurants. An amazing tourist...or local afternoon spot downtown. I prefer... More 

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san jose
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

My daughter and I went to the SJMoA so she could do an art paper. We found very little here for her to use for the project.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We visited the museum over Thanksgiving weekend, when they were showing works by Wegman (famous for his works employing his pet Weimaraner) and a show "Covert Operations", a showcase of multimedia art inspired by surveillance operations undertaken by the Government in the post-9/11 world. The Wegman show was mildly interesting, but the Covert exhibit was powerful and disturbing. Works in... More 

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Felton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

We thought this was very small for a big city art museum. Went mainly for the Wegman exhibit. It was OK but not what we expected. Admission is a bit high. Certainly not one of San Jose's biggest attractions.

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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

I arrived just in time for a free tour. The guide was fun and made the 1.5 hours fly by for the group. Call ahead or go on the website for tour times. The gift shop is really cute. There is a nice cafe.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

Was surprised how small the exhibits were. Slowly explored solo and it only took about half hour. Then joined the tour guide. He was using the interactive, participatory technique of asking questions instead of explaining so it was tedious to listen to novices say what they saw or thought, instead of hearing his trained insights. Peeled off after the first... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I lucked out as there was free admission to the museum for the Dia de los Muertos event today. I really enjoyed the art collection especially the William Wegman section! The Dia de Los Muertos event also brought many families to the museum as there were lots of activities for the children. Good job SJMA!

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Tucson, Arizona
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167 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

First, the museum is located right in the middle of downtown, just off a freeway, and there's cheap(ish) metered parking on the street around the leafy park, just across the street from the museum. I like modern art -- and I wasn't disappointed. The museum has some classics. I also liked the architecture -- especially the outside walls nearest the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is a fairly small art museum, but every exhibition was beautifully done. I was particularly impressed with the temporary exhibition featuring artists who use the "security state" as their subject matter. The show was provocative and well curated.

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