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San Jose Museum of Art

110 South Market St, San Jose, CA 91553
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Ranked #18 of 80 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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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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96 reviews 96 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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271 reviews 271 reviews
68 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
35 helpful votes 35 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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San Jose, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Lots of new stuff each time I go. Some very interesting things throughout. Space well used. Place not as large as some art museums.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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123 reviews 123 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

While visiting the museum, I expected it to be larger. I didn't actually check it prior to physically showing up on the stairs and walking in. Unfortunately, part of the upper floor was closed for renovation and I couldn't visit(which is the main attraction as I was told)so everyone visiting received a voucher to come back which is very nice.... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I never have high expectation when I go to this museum because it's competing with those big museums up in San Francisco. But, I've always really enjoyed myself. There are often unusual exhibits that you wouldn't see anywhere else.

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Morgan Hill, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I really heard a lot about the museum and remember going as a child for field trips. Husband and I decided to take an afternoon to explore the museum we both walked by so often during Christmas in the Park with our family. We left kids and made it a date out and were we so disappointed. The price was... More

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