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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 235 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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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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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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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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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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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
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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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