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San Diego Museum of Art

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Address: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1618
Phone Number: 619-232-7931
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The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest and most visited...

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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Nice for the whole family

The European collection is fine, but the works downstairs were more interesting to us. They had an activity book and an activity section for the kids, which was actually fun for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tanya W
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Bakersfield
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San Diego, California
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9 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Balboa Park and hate to write a negative review about anything, let alone a place in this beautiful park. However, I have had several lousy experiences in this place. One example-and the last time I will ever go back to this place-I brought my young daughter, who was excited to see the latest exhibit of art. At every... More 

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Oceanside, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went here on a day downtown. Deciding to come here, it was $15 for an adult which is pricey considering the Smithsonian is free. So after paying $30 the attractions were not so great and it was small compared to other museums I have been too. Will never come back and still trying to swallow the... More 

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Bakersfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The European collection is fine, but the works downstairs were more interesting to us. They had an activity book and an activity section for the kids, which was actually fun for all of us. It's worth an hour or two of your time while at Balboa Park, especially if you have the Explorer Pass.

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SDMA2015, Public Relations Manager at San Diego Museum of Art, responded to this review

Hi Tanya - we're glad you enjoyed our family-friendly activities. If you're looking for more family-fun, we suggest you visit us on a Family Drop-In Day! Offered from 1-3 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month, Museum educators offer gallery games, art-making activities, and a tour of an exhibition. The next Family Drop-In Day is August 7. Free after... More 

Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very small museum, I arrived at 4pm and was able to see everything before closing at 5pm. There was a small Expressionist exhibit and then the permanent small collection of European paintings. On the first floor, there is a collection of Asian artifacts which was a nice contrast with the European paintings. European paintings are always may... More 

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Northridge, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Came here with the wife to see the Quilt Exhibit. All of the quilts were very nice, but some of them were fantastic! When we finished with the quilts, we looked at a number of the other exhibits. Most of them were on the small side, but as a result this was a very comfortable museum to see! We went... More 

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SDMA2015, Public Relations Manager at San Diego Museum of Art, responded to this review

Aren't the quilts amazing? Truly breathtaking American craftsmanship. We're glad you enjoyed the exhibition! More 

Palm Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Good special exhibits and some good core items. Not a huge place to get lost in but fine to meander without crowds in front of that well-known artist you learned about in college. And, they do have quite a breadth in their collection. Worth the admission price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Happened upon this museum & couldn't have been happier. It's pretty small, but definitely worth it. The price is fair & the exhibits are diverse. I would recommend this to anyone !

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Thank Mia L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

The bottom floor was by far the most exciting - I have not been exposed to Asian and oriental art as much as the traditional European exhibitions that go around local museums. That being said, the ink and iron casting exhibits were fun and very eye catching. They even had activities for young ones (inking on paper fans, and making... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I had never been here and had time to visit around sessions at a conference. It's a small museum with fine art from many eras and areas. It's not deep in any particular area, but it's a pleasant place to visit, and there's a lot to do in Balboa Park.

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Burbank, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The Admission: $12 for adult Th is one of the largest and most visited art museums in Balboa Park. They have exhibit about European, Asian and American arts. Love the diversity. If you like visiting museums, this is definitely the place to go!

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