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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
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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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Visit the Museum during the Art Alive Exhibit

We were here for our first time Friday, April 24 about 8 am. The Museum hosts "Art Alive" in late April during which florists 'interpret' selected pieces of art using flowers... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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Calgary, Canada
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164 reviews 164 reviews
68 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We were in port for only a few hours and chose to spend the day in Balboa Park. This was one of the numerous museum offerings and was worth the one hour or so visit. A few famous names, some interesting art from various styles. The engravings series was quite fascinating and has piqued my interest in mythology again for... More 

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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35 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We were here for our first time Friday, April 24 about 8 am. The Museum hosts "Art Alive" in late April during which florists 'interpret' selected pieces of art using flowers, and other natural materials. You, as the guest, can vote for 3 florists. We really enjoyed our visit and plan to go again next year. It is best to... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Had there not been a few Picasso works and other notable artists on display, I would have been severely disappointed. I have been to art museums and galleries at much smaller venues that were much more inspiring. What is exceptional is the entrance façade and architecture. If I had a do over I would investigate other attractions in Balboa Park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

this place is a bit of a pain to find since it's surrounded by a few other museums whose names are not visibly posted, however it's worth the visit! i was impressed with quite a few of the pieces which were on display. it's not often that you'll find Dalí, Picasso and Monet without crowds of people! it's absolutely a... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Let's be realistic...if you are expecting the Met or the Louvre, you will be disappointed. Go to LA which is two hours north. But if you have 90 minuts to spare and you are in Balboa Park which has other museums and things you will not be disappointed. I found the Impressionist Room to be above average with a fair... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We were so excited to visit the Art Museum after walking around the most beautiful architecture holding this museum in Balboa park. Once inside, and after paying our admission, we found out a couple of the exhibits were closed, so there were only a few to view, and not noteworthy at all. I suppose if one is real interested in... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Situated in Balboa Park, the San Diego Museum of Art is surely located in one of the most beautiful locations of any museum in the US. The park holds a wide array of cultural institutions, making it possible to visit several in one day. The SDMA is small for a city the size of San Diego. With four main galleries... More 

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Auburn, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We were only slightly impressed with this museum. Many of their exhibits were closed...more than you would expect for a museum in San Diego. The art we were able to see was a bit limited and not too impressive for a city of this size. The free art museum with a private collection was as good in terms of the... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We unfortunately came at a time when they were between installations so many galleries were closed. However the Italian Renaissance gallery was a standout and we especially enjoyed the "romantic Views" exhibit--a collection of photos and engravings of old Mexico. The store was good and we found a few things to buy.

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The San Diego Museum of Art will interest lovers of fine art, but the museum is not big and the collections are not super amazing. The permanent collection contains pieces ranging from as far back as 5,000 B.C. to the present. My favorite works are the old masters’ paintings and the Asian sculpture. Of the former, Spanish oil painting would... More 

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