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San Jose Museum of Art

110 South Market St, San Jose, CA 91553
408-271-6840
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Ranked #19 of 81 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Art Museums
Description: 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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Surrey, B.C.
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I visit San Jose every year to see family and I always stop in at the art museum to check out the current exhibits. I'm never disappointed although this year the main floor was off limits due to reconstruction. Still, there were some great displays upstairs including an interactive area. I also really like the museum store. I do some... More

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Longport, New Jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This museum was right next to my hotel. As I arrived in the late afternoon, it seemed like a worthy excursion. The collection is very small and contemporary. i enjoyed some of the artists' works especially those I had not heard of or seen before. They had a couple very nice Jasper Johns. The Museum needs at least one masterpiece.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Excellent displays in all galleries visited and both cafe and shop brilliant. Loved the extra stuff downstairs.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This museum lacks substance. It feels more like a gallery made for selling than a gallery for the public. Too small and too minimal. Such a shame.

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It's hard to believe today that this museum was once packed with people drawn by charming and quirky exhibits, but that was thirty years and several directors ago. We went on a Sunday afternoon and there were no more than twenty visitors in the whole vast place, looking at work that must seem valuable to curators but just goofy to... More

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Berkeley, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This museum always has some interesting contemporary art shows, with a particular emphasis on art that has to do with technology. Often the art here feels much more cutting edge than at San Francisco MOMA. Some of the exhibits are on tours that include the Whitney. There is also a very good selection of works by mid-century California artists.

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San Jose, California
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135 reviews 135 reviews
79 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This San Jose art museum does what it does very well. It will typically not get the big/monumental touring exhibits that go to San Francisco. However, it continues to have interesting local/regional/smaller touring exhibits that get my interest. The cost of entry is modest, and it's usually interesting. More of a focus on modern art, photographs, etc., and some things... More

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Fair Oaks, California
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70 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My aunt took us there, so I didn't realize it was all modern art. I'm not the hugest fan of that genre, and I enjoyed about 3 pieces immensely, but the galleries themselves are lovely, the docent working in the special exhibit was charming and answered a dozen questions, but honestly, I'd go JUST for the gift shop. What a... More

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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We had my daughter's wedding here and everything turned out perfect. It was great to be able to offer guests the option of walking through the museum while they waited for the bride and groom to get back from pictures. Just a beautiful day.

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Portland, Oregon
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71 reviews 71 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is not a very big museum, but the space is ideal for displaying and viewing art, especially large-scale pieces. Freindly staff and interesting exhibits made for a very pleasant and enjoyable visit. Although we visited in June, I found some great early Christmas gifts in the museum gift shop.

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