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San Jose Museum of Art

110 South Market St, San Jose, CA 91553
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Ranked #20 of 77 attractions in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Surrey, B.C.
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I visit San Jose at least once or twice a year and always try to visit the SJ Art Museum. I have never had a disappointing experience. It is smaller than most art museums and it is a showcase for contemporary exhibits but I've always found them to be extremely interesting. This visit was no different. Absorbing, engaging and thought-provoking.... More

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San Jose, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Loved this museum, and definitely go to a lot of them because my girlfriend is an artist. Super easy to get to, right in downtown San Jose, and the exhibits were amazing. We particularly enjoyed seeing the Leibovitz photos from her trip through America but everything else was worthwhile too. Parking was a snap, and we had a great lunch... More

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Los Altos, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

A wonderful museum friendly place...not too small, not too large--just right to spend a few hours in a well lit museum...food at the cafe is great value---and the docents are absolutely wonderful...if you are not an art enthusiast, the docents will lead you in great conversations about what you are seeing....

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Chicago, Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I used to live in the East (San Francisco) Bay area. It was always worth the trip to San Jose for the this museum; it still is. I especially like their special exhibits. Over the years they always seem to have a nice twist. This time I found out, through one of the exhibits, that I was born on a... More

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San Carlos, California
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279 reviews 279 reviews
45 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We went for the Annie Lebovitz exhibit but enjoyed all of the other exhibits too, including the basement exhibit that was based on Greek mythology. This is a fun place to spend an hour or two. It's not a huge museum, with two main floors and a basement room, but it is an enjoyable place with friendly staff and a... More

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Pasco, Washington
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I went for the Annie Leibovitz special exhibit and love it. You need to check what the special exhibit is before deciding to go to this art museum. If you are interested in it, the price is right at $8 for adults. The permanent exhibit of art was uninspiring- a seemingly random collection lacking in real talent. I like modern... More

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I went to see Annie Leibovitz exhibition which showed an unusual aspect of her work, perhaps best described as "portait photography without portraits" and which was very good. The permanent exhibitions felt somewhat random. With the exception of a huge double screen screening transport activity on and around Golden Gate Bridge, there was little I would class as a "feast... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

The museum is small with only 2 exhibition halls opened on first floor. it took me less than 10 minutes to walk through. The museum was putting up 2 new exhibits on second floor so it was practically half-closed but they charge full entrance fee! It's a ripoff & not worth the time & money to visit. Only outstanding thing... More

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