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“Excellent little Art Museum”

San Diego Museum of Art
Ranked #78 of 451 things to do in San Diego
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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.
Reviewed November 13, 2013

Very friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere, beautiful building and nice art collection. As others have said, not a massive collection but enough to keep any art enthusiasts busy for a few hours. Photographs allowed, without flash. Really enjoyed my visit.

Thank Susie M
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

The museum building itself is beautiful and in a lovely location of Balboa Park. Non-flash photos are allowed in most areas. The $12 entrance is worth it to stand inches away from a Rembrandt, Georgia O'Keefe, Ruebens, Courbet, and lots of other artists . Each room is well illuminated so there is no unnecessary glare. Plan to spend one to two hours and leave in a somewhat altered state! Very enjoyable.

1  Thank chriskaia
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Obviously this musuem does not compare to any of the great musuems of the world, or even secondary ones, like Philadelphia or San Francisco, however, it is a lovely little musuem who, since Sr. Bacigalup was the curator, now moved on, improved dramatically its curation. Sadly, it seems to have discontinued its commitment to regular exhitbits of contemporary art, esp from Mexico. Nevertheless its a cute little musuem and if you are in San Diego for some odd reason and feel like a musuem, this is a pleasant one with an occasional special exhibit. The permanent collection is also not at all bad with some special collections like the one of Indian miniatures.

2  Thank Kanadukathan
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

This museum is very small, a fact which I can't emphasize enough. The works on display were all well selected, representing a variety of styles and time periods. While I would've liked to have seen more context provided for why very diverse works were grouped together, the galleries did flow generally well. There are some impressive items in their collection and the museum definitely worth a visit when you're in the area. However, it is again, quite small, so unless you plan to carefully examine every item on view, you're unlikely to spend significant time here. I'd recommend combining a visit to this museum with at least another at the park.

1  Thank zinneablue
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

My son and I happened upon the Museum of Art while visiting Balboa Park. We had seen the Museum of Photographic Arts in the park and had heard about the Arnold Newman works on display. While the museum had a number of other attractions, we were impressed with the Newman display both in quantity and quality of the display. The cost was not too bad and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Would recommend depending on what kinds of exhibitions are of interest.

1  Thank es_in_tx
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