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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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This museum surpassed our expectations. It obviously has a vibrant visiting exhibitions programme as well as excellent permanent exhibits. The outdoor sculpture garden is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
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Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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 6 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 15 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 19 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 10 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 53 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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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

In the middle of Balboa Park this small museum has 2-3 permanent expositions of Classic Art. I think is good only if you are interested in this kind of art. I visited it cause there was an exposition of modern art (Miro) but also was an small sample. The store is good and also the personal is very friendly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This museum is small, but their collection is surprising enough to warrant a visit. Do not expect masterpieces (they do have an exquisite Canaletto though) but good pieces by well known and lesser known artists. Enjoyable for the art lover

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Calgary, Canada
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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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Additional Information about San Diego Museum of Art

Address: 1450 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619-232-7931
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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