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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 220 attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Hamden, Connecticut
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113 reviews 113 reviews
25 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The San Diego Museum of Art is a great medium sized museum which has an accent on southern California and Spanish art. We found it quite good.

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Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

What good luck. Joachim Sorolla at San Diego Museum of Art!! We tracked him down in New York or should I say tracked him up -- way up at the Hispanic Museum at 155th Street -- for our first introduction to this amazing artist. His mural retrospecting Spain's history of vivacity is a gem. Then we visited his home in... More

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Chula Vista, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
45 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

After visiting several museums in San Diego, we weren't expecting much from the SD Museum of Art. Most SD museums are small and average. We were pleasantly surprised when we visited the Art Museum. The entrance fee was $12/adult. We loved the exhibit on East Asian art. The old carvings and paintings were really spectacular. I wish that the exhibit... More

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Troy, Michigan
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65 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We really enjoyed this museum. The current special exhibit, Sorolla in America, is fantastic. The building is attractive too.

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I was super excited when I heard the museum was hosting the Joachim Sorolla exhibit. We spent 2 hours in the exhibit, so we were too tired to see the other exhibits and collections. The museum is located in Balboa Park, one of the largest municipal parks in America. One would have to spend days to explore the park which... More

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Bellevue, Washington, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

A fee is charged here but it is worth the price. They have a few big names and a great collection of East Indian art. The size of this museum and the Timken across the plaza make a nice morning of art viewing. There is a nice café just to the left of the Museum as you are facing the... More

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Brandon
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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218 attraction reviews
313 helpful votes 313 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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