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San Diego Museum of Art

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Address: 1450 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619-232-7931
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest and most visited...
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.
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For the cost of a couple of dollars we had the choice of three permanent exhibitions and a couple of travelling ones. It was interesting to compare what we know of modern European... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Elsie J
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Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

For the cost of a couple of dollars we had the choice of three permanent exhibitions and a couple of travelling ones. It was interesting to compare what we know of modern European Art with its Asian counterpart which seems to use more textured medium. We spent a pleasant couple of hours taking in the local culture.

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Hoover, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

I have heard that Birmingham Museum of Art (Alabama) is very impressive for a city the size of B'ham. After visiting the Museum of Art in San Diego, I wholeheartedly agree. Charging $12 for the small number of and "meh" quality of the exhibits is just wrong. 2 larger rooms of religious art, 2 small rooms of Asian art and... More 

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Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Although I am used to the grandeur of NYC's Met, this museum has a lot to offer considering its small size. I was enthralled by some of its features artists, including Rodin and Giotto. It has many Asian exhibits downstairs and upstairs is more classical, which is my personal favorite. The architecture of the building is quite beautiful and the... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This museum surpassed our expectations. It obviously has a vibrant visiting exhibitions programme as well as excellent permanent exhibits. The outdoor sculpture garden is inadequately signposted but worth finding - there are fine Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth sculptures there.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The museum here may be small but there really is a lot packed into it. Its a great art museum. My two children (4 and 11) enjoyed it as well. They have some lovely exhibits and from Memorial Day to Labor Day it is free for military families. The staff was also very friendly!

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San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My experience with SDMA has been twofold: I've often visited to see the fantastic exhibits, but I have also enrolled my artistic son in several of their summer camps. Because my son has high-functioning autism, summer camps have always been difficult for us...but SDMA's camp is hands down the best we've ever experienced. The staff is required to have a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Not a bad art museum. Admission was $12, so I was ok with that. Nice to get inside and walk around after lots of time outdoors. I have to admit, must of the artists don't fit my personal at tastes. However the Asian at was pretty cool. Add were the photographs from the middle eastern female artist. The 2nd floor... More 

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Camp Verde, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We enjoyed the art museum. Saw a wide variety of Renaissance era art. The staff was friendly and was helpful as well. Can't remember admission fee but I remember leaving with the feeling it was well worth the price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

My wife and I have been to several art museums in the country and by far the San Diego museum of art is our favorite. They have unique pieces and a wonderful variety, everything from local photography to works from the masters. Admission is reasonable and you can take photographs of most paintings. Check your backpack or purse at the... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Our family spend a lovely summer day here. We will never forget how lovely the grounds were. The art was facinating and we really did not want to leave. I would recommend giving yourself plenty of time at this wonderful museum.

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