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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 #53 of 236 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
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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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lanex
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257 reviews 257 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Nice collection particularly of Italian and Spanish Rennesaince art. Well lit and approachable. A bit smaller than we expected.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I enjoyed visiting the San Diego Museum of Art. First, the museum's Spanish Style Renaissance architecture is amazing. Note: Most of the buildings in Balboa Park are of this architecture style as it was first built as the site of the San Diego - Panama exposition. The galleries, which are on two floors, are very good. There was a nice... More

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The museum does an excellent job of displaying art: good light, interesting and helpful explanations. Makes art approachable. A good place to learn. Good European collection. Excellent Asian collections. If you are in Balboa Park, the museum is worth a stop. We wouldn't recommend the museum as a place to visit as the only attraction. For a community the size... More

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Anaheim Hills, California
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

• The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Admission was $8 for the two of us. While this art museum does not compare to some of the very famous ones in larger cities it does some very fine art. We enjoyed getting up close to art by some very famous French, Dutch and Italian artists. On this Friday... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We love Modern Art . The Art of the 20th Century Collection was our favorite Room. The collection in the room includes a broad collection from Braque, Modigliani, Miro, Tamayo, Dali, O'Keefe, Johns, Davis, Renior, Neel, Rodin, Tanquy, DuBuffet, Roualt, Stella, Albers etc etc.... We were so pleased to see such a large collection of Art work from the 20th... More

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Rocklin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

To see master works in the museum's collections that are up to 500 years old is incredible. The American Artist Robert Henri was the featured artist and his work is of portraiture that captivated the spirit of the people he painted. A truly fine exhibit.

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Seminole, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

On each trip to the lovely city of San Diego, I plan time for a visit to the Museum of Art. The permanent collection is varied and interesting but I also look forward to the special exhibitions. This year I was fortunate to tour the Sorolla exhibit on its last day before closing. With the expertise of guide Kathleen Kelly,... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This small museum is a little gem offering a nice permanet collection and very well curated exhibits. We were there to see "Sorolla in America" and loved it. Unfortunately the Sorolla exhibit will be closing at the end of August 2014 but I am sure they will be bringing other worth while exhibits in the future.

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Everything from old paintings by the masters, to contemporary art, to an Egyptian display at the time of Ramses II, to art from many other cultures, Asia, Middle East, Spain, Afghanistan, etc. Easily can spend 2 or more hours here. $12 per adult without special discounts. Multi-museum deals are available.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is the crown jewel of Balboa Park. The special exhibits introduced me to two artists I was unfamiliar with (Sorolla and Henri) and enjoyed immensely. The permanent collection contained treasures from the Renaissance through the end of the 20th century (as well as a solid East Asian art section). The museum is larger than expected, particularly in comparison with... More

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