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Timken Museum of Art

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Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
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Museum that celebrates the important role of art as a way of enriching...

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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Private Tour: Balboa Park in San Diego
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Very good free small museum in Balboa Park

The Timken specializes in European art, Russian icons and American art. Although small and only on one floor the museum has works by some master artists: Hals, Metsu, Maes... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere is lovely. The art is even better. Such a small space and so much to see! There are books in the lobby that are very explanatory. I recommend looking at them.What a gem!

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Thank Go2FunFood
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A gem of a small museum. Located on one level in balboa park all galleries are easily accessible beautiful masterworks are on display. A collection of icons are there for your enjoyment Highly recommended

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

It's easy to find and it's free. You know walking around the outside to get to the entrance that it will be special, and it is! The Timken staff is welcoming and the galleries are filled with treasures. One room has Russian icons from before the revolution. Another room has works by American artists. The real surprise for me were... More 

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

The Timken specializes in European art, Russian icons and American art. Although small and only on one floor the museum has works by some master artists: Hals, Metsu, Maes, Copley and the only Rembrandt painting in San Diego. It is always free to enter. One could see most of the art work in an hour.

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Thank Pnemiller
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Privately financed Timkin Museum of Art in Balboa Park is always free (unlike the rest of the park's wonderful museums.) We go back regularly and always enjoy the special exhibits, as well as the incredible art collection. We just saw the incredible jeweled ornament collection -- more than 2000 ornaments on display.

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Thank Darrell92104
Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

so when private collectors make their acquisitions public in a great park (one of 17 museums in balboa park!), it's an interesting thing... this museum has flemish/belgian paintings; russian icons; some american masters and some other european masters - with their party piece (which they make a big thing of) being a 'death of mary' painting... it's free and worth... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Timken is small compared to the much larger San Diego Museum of Art next door, but I kind of like that. A superb collection of European masters and Russian icons. Occasional special exhibits, only the best, e.g. Rembrandt. Best of all, FREE due to the generosity of the Putnam and Timken families. The Putnam sisters spent the decades of the... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

The Timken Museum of Art stands out as a modern box structure amidst the ornate Spanish colonial building on the Prado at Balboa Park. And currently (Dec.2016) with Fabrege-like jeweled Xmas ornaments featured this museum looks like an old-fashioned, streamlined jewelry box both inside and out. If you miss this Xmas show, don't skip this museum with many other jewels,... More 

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Sudbury, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This free museum has a great collection of a variety of art. We loved seeing some of the great masters and enjoyed a friendly conversation with the staff at the front desk. There is an option to make a small donation - well worth it. The museum is closed on Monday.

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Emeryville CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

A wonderful collection of American and European paintings, for the most part. The Timkin is a small museum, so it doesn't fee overwhelming to completely cover it in an hour or two. But some really excellent works on display, including a large Rembrandt, but many other outstanding pieces as well. I went on Christmas Eve, and as a special treat,... More 

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