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San Diego Museum of Art

1450 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
619-232-7931
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Ranked #63 of 215 attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Getting married
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Brandon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This was a good opportunity to see the history of man and compare to the evolution of the ape. Not really overimpressed with this particular museum. It was okay, but would rather have spent the time in another area of Balbao Park.

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

A very nice museum with great pieces of art. They have an event each year that is called art alive and recreate some of the art pieces in flower arrangements is a very unique and pretty experience that I recommend.

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Alexandria, VA
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200 attraction reviews
268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We love art museums that feature a broad swath in their collection. The SDMA fits this to a tee. It has the Impressionists and Post Impressionists (Manet, Degas, etc.), Pablo Picasso lady Femme Bandeau, Joan Miro, Woman Bird and Constellation (really gorgeous), Modigiliani picture of a young man or boy, Robert Henri, portrait of his wife, the altar piece in... More

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Voorhees, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Nice place to visit as you tour Balboa Park. Degas, Manet and Dali, as well as many other great artists.

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Glendale, California, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

My wife and I thought that we would make a quick visit to this museum…….but ended up spending several hours! Aside from the beauty of the building itself, the art displays were magnificent.

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Toronto, Canada
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25 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Right next to the Timken is the SDMA. It has a small but nice collection. A lovely van Dyck, not as nice as the one in the Timken but wonderful. What I really enjoyed was their 'Women, War and Industry' special exhibit. There were a lot of very fun vintage posters to view. The museum itself has some nice pictures,... More

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England
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

small collection housed in a beautiful location at balboa. I thought it wasn't the best value for money however.

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West Yorkshire
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67 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Very friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere, beautiful building and nice art collection. As others have said, not a massive collection but enough to keep any art enthusiasts busy for a few hours. Photographs allowed, without flash. Really enjoyed my visit.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The museum building itself is beautiful and in a lovely location of Balboa Park. Non-flash photos are allowed in most areas. The $12 entrance is worth it to stand inches away from a Rembrandt, Georgia O'Keefe, Ruebens, Courbet, and lots of other artists . Each room is well illuminated so there is no unnecessary glare. Plan to spend one to... More

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Maputo, Mozambique
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30 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Obviously this musuem does not compare to any of the great musuems of the world, or even secondary ones, like Philadelphia or San Francisco, however, it is a lovely little musuem who, since Sr. Bacigalup was the curator, now moved on, improved dramatically its curation. Sadly, it seems to have discontinued its commitment to regular exhitbits of contemporary art, esp... More

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