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San Diego Museum of Art

Address: 1450 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619-232-7931
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Ranked #75 of 499 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, Museums
Activities: Getting married
Owner description: The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest and most...
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Type: Art museums, Museums
Activities: Getting married
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Winchester, KY, United States
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80 reviews 80 reviews
17 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The price is right. $9. This museum is a good one with fine representatives of the various ages. I especially liked the Asian exhibit since I've been studying Chinese history recently. Well worth a visit while in Balboa Park.

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Frisco, TX
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

When looking for attractions to visit while in the San Diego area, I came across this event. I understand they do it a couple of times of year, and have to say was the highlight of our visit. We were able to meet some very nice locals (which just gives you a good feel about the area early on), have... More 

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The San Diego Museum of Art is located inside Balboa Park, where many other museums and attractions are, so it can be a bit crowded on the weekends and parking can be challenging. There are many parking lots and it is just a matter of walking a bit, which is a pleasant activity anyways. The museum is located in a... More 

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south carolina
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302 reviews 302 reviews
95 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Nice small museum that can be done less that 2 hours. We had free passes. The special exhibit Gauguin to Warhol is well worth a drop by to see. The museum collections are small compared to visits all over the world.

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New York City, New York
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279 reviews 279 reviews
77 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

We were fortunate that the current exhibit is Gauguin to Warhol, an explanation of the progression from Impressionism to Modern Art. The exhibit is on loan from the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY. This is a treat and you should try to get here. It was even better for us because we stumbled in just when a docent was beginning... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Bit of a walk from parking lot to museum,nice views along the way.Wear comfortable shoes. you can get a cup of coffee or sit down for a bite to eat just outside the museum

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Alturas, California
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151 reviews 151 reviews
20 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I have been in museums all throughout the US- the Getty, the Smithsonians, etc, and without a doubt this is one of the worst. And this isn't about their collection that was lukewarm at best, but the attitude of the docents. I wanted to find out more info on a piece so I Googled it by scanning with Google Glasses,... More 

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Long Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Loved the Art Museum. Great collection, nicely curated. You could spend all day here. Museums, theatre, botanical garden, and park. Wow!

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Toledo, Spain
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

the main collection contains little bit of everything - so, going here with a kid would be a good choice to show the European art spectra with some ancient Asian and Oriental cultural pieces. Yet, I am spoiled by European museums...so compared to them - the collection is average.

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Fullerton, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

All art museums are worthy. We went in for the traveling show on modern art, okay, not overly impressive... But this small museum has an original Giotto and a Herminyous Bosch. Two artists almost never seen except in books. Worthy of the cost!

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