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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

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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Several galleries were closed

I was disappointed that several galleries were closed, but we did really enjoy their Art of Music exhibition. The exhibit seemed to go on and on, and housed an impressive amount... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kat H
Arlington, Washington

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Arlington, Washington
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51 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was disappointed that several galleries were closed, but we did really enjoy their Art of Music exhibition. The exhibit seemed to go on and on, and housed an impressive amount of excellent art. Best of all, my admission was free because I am a Bank of America cardholder. I don't think they do that all the time, but apparently... More 

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Aberdeen, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did not expect so many galleries to be closed. All but one small gallery on the second floor are closed--and the elevator is not functioning so that gallery was beyond our reach. On the main floor, three large galleries used for the American and contemporary collections were closed. Ei-yi-yi. None of this was advertised on the web site and... More 

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I visited because i love to explore art museums, and wasn't aware of current exhibits. The History of Music exhibit was very well curated, a variety from original Beethoven manuscripts to paintings inspired by modern jazz. Visiting the other exhibits and collections was interesting as well. The museum app is wonderful, whereby one can be informed of the paintings/items in... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

If you enjoy fine art then you have to visit the Museum of Art San Diego. I love art and am actually a member of this museum as well as several others. The museum has a very nice permanent collection (In the Hayloft is my one of my all-time favorite pieces)that never gets boring. They also curate several interesting shows... More 

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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Seriously. With or without children, I would be hard pressed to recommend a visit here which is a shame since the building is gorgeous and they’ve got a very decent collection of pieces. If they think that you are within 12 inches of a painting, they will come harass you — regardless of whether or not you really are within... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

If you visit San Diego, you shouldn't miss the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. A visit to the park is a must and adding time to see the wonderful exhibitions of art in this museum will add a great deal to your visit. From Chinese funereal objects over 3000 years old to contemporary pieces, there is something... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Each month the Museum of Art holds an evening of Culture & Cocktails. The venue is certainly one of the best in San Diego for young and old alike. There's always music to dance to, tasty appetizers and bars serving interesting selections of beer, wine or cocktails. Usually you'll find something new to eat and often a new brand of... More 

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Moorpark, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

A lovely small museum with works by Goya, Picasso, Renoir, Zuburan, Murillo, Dali, Degas, etc. The galleries are really lovely but had few visitors on a Monday morning. What a shame. This would be a great place to introduce your children or grandchildren to fine art. There's a lift, bathrooms, nice gift shop, and a lovely patio cafe just outside.... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

If you only have time for one art museum while here in San Diego, the San Diego Museum of Art would be the one to see. If you time it right, you can sometimes see some superb travelling exhibits (unfortunately, there is an extra charge for those, but if you are an art lover, it's worth the extra charge.)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

I was impressed by the quality of some of their Renaissance and religious portraits given the museum is in the midst of so many other offerings. It doesn't take very long to make a pass through but is probably not worth a dedicated trip unless you have something specific in mind ahead of time.

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