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Timken Museum of Art

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Museum that celebrates the important role of art as a way of enriching lives by featuring American, Dutch and Flemish, French, Italian paintings and Russian Icons.
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1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1620
Balboa Park
+1 619-239-5548
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice small private collection. About 6 gallery rooms to visit, manageable size to bring children. Classical art on exhibit.

Thank Bross24
Reviewed 10 October 2018

This very small museum is packed with fabulous artwork, including some famous artists. A must see in Balboa Park.

Thank Conda D
Reviewed 30 September 2018

The Timken Museum of Art is a fine art museum with displays of European old master paintings, sculptures, and tapestries. In addition, it has collections of American painting and Russian icons. There is no entrance fee to enter this wonderful small art museum. I love...More

Thank osimajorusaf
Reviewed 21 September 2018

This ultra modern and free (donations accepted) museum stands out in Balboa Park in terms of its architecture and holdings. Clean, modern lines disguise the gems inside of this private museum. Their Russian icon room is one of the two best collections in the US....More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

A small museum by square footage- nevertheless worth a visit to see a handful of special paintings. Do not miss the Zurburan, Hals and most importantly the only Rembrandt in San Diego Country Admission is free and they also have a nice icon collection

Thank jfadds
Reviewed 4 September 2018

This tiny little jewel box of a museum is like visiting the home of an eccentric (and very rich) friend. Take your time (prob no more than an hour) to appreciate the view point of these carefully chosen works. When we visited there was an...More

1  Thank SallyAnn W
Reviewed 3 September 2018

This is a free museum (you can make a donation) and houses some very nice pieces of art. I was blown away at the inspiration piece of the "Lady in Green", the Russian art depicting Mary and Jesus in the ethnicity that they were born...More

Thank Iris S
Reviewed 29 August 2018

A small but beautiful collection of art.Special the Dutch painters Rembrandt,Frans Hals and Emmanuel de Witte. Free entrance; friendly conservators give you all the information you want.

Thank schrijver_e
Reviewed 11 August 2018

This museum was on the way to the SD Museum of Art and was free, so I decided to go inside. The museum is small and has an interesting collection of art.

Thank seetheworld600
Reviewed 6 August 2018

In the heart of Balboa Park you will find this lovely gem of a museum. There is only a lobby, and four rooms, but the rooms are packed with tapestries and European art. There were tours going on while we were there, and the docents...More

Thank rduinc
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