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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 #43 of 216 Attractions 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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south carolina
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300 reviews 300 reviews
95 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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
99 helpful votes 99 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
118 helpful votes 118 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Wonderful example of Post Impressionist art on loan from the Buffalo, NY museum. If you live near Buffalo wait a few months for its return; if you are in San Diego don't miss it if you enjoy this era. Parking was problematic the Monday after Christmas.

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Chicago, Illinois
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70 reviews 70 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The San Diego Museum of Art has a lot going for it and should not be missed. First of all, the building is gorgeous, set within the complex of museums in Balboa Park (in itself worth a visit for all the beautiful trees.) This Museum reminds me of visiting the Frick in NYC, or Wallace collection in London - choice,... More 

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san diego, ca
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We are San Diego residents who recently purchased the Balboa Park Explorer Pass which gives you admission to 17 museums. Gradually we have been visiting them here and there. We were so lucky to have come during the Gaugin to Warhol exhibit. Sometimes special exhibits are not included in the Explorer Pass (ie: King Tut, however, we were delighted that... More 

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