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San Diego Museum of Art

1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1618
+1 619-232-7931
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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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1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1618
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"balboa park"
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"special exhibit"
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"permanent collection"
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"nice collection"
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"old masters"
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"spanish masters"
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"sculpture garden"
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"on display"
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"beautiful building"
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"few hours"
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"worth a stop"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Balboa Park in general is a treasure, and a free docent led tour of this beautiful museum is always a delight. Treat yourself and your family to a wonderful experience.

Thank Pam M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This seems to be a gem of a museum in Balboa Park. The collection is much bigger than people think. I wish there were more local artists displayed and also more American art but I am very impressed by the number of traveling exhibits which...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I would not consider a visit to San Diego complete without a visit to this art museum. The travelling exhibits are always first rate (in fact, we have several times driven to San Diego primarily to go to this art museum for...More

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Reviewed May 1, 2018

I loved my day at this museum where we saw works by American artists (a Georgia O'Keeffe painted in Quebec, a portrait of Mildred Myers Oldden by Alice Neel), as well as Rivera, Dali and more. The highlight was the exhibit of photographs and a...More

Thank moira k
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Reviewed April 25, 2018

I do like the Museum but I have to say, the best time to go is in April for Art Alive, it's just fantastic. Getting ready to go again in a week!!

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Reviewed April 24, 2018 via mobile

There’s a bit of everything in here and it doesn’t seem to connect. Guess you can whip around and find the things you like and stick to them. My dad used to love a smorgasbord. I think I prefer a la carte.

Thank Richard H
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Reviewed April 10, 2018

The SDMA has a traditional collection within a classic building. If you go into the somewhat new "Visible Vault" collection on the entry level you'll get a good overview of the museum and find some treasures, such as the Binney collection of South Asian minatures....More

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Reviewed March 9, 2018

A nice building with well curated shows (currently East Asia, Latin American Art). The standard collection is small but there are several spectacular pieces by O'Keefe, Delaunay, Braque. Good location on the square.

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

This museum has some great exhibits! There are also fabulous events that take place. Don't miss this in Balboa Park.

Thank Marlene L
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Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

I was visiting Balboa Park and decided to take a look in here. They have a good range of artworks from different styles and periods.

Thank Meredith H
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