Timken Museum of Art
Timken Museum of Art
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 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.
Duration: < 1 hour
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CrankingChick
Tucson, AZ7,690 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
This small museum is located in Balboa Park near the Botanical Building and Lily Pond. The collection features some famous artists (Rubens, Rembrandt) and the paintings and icons are impressive in their scope and craftsmanship. A majority of the subjects were portraits and religious scenes when I visited, so they may not appeal to everyone, but the exhibits do change and rotate. During the holidays they were displaying intricate Christmas ornaments and the galleries were very crowded; basically a queue we followed through. It was too congested to stop and admire the artwork for long or take photos. Admission is free so it's certainly worth wandering through if you're in the park. Wheelchair access is good.
Written 4 February 2020
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA631 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This is a very small (just six galleries) but excellent museum focusing on Russian icons and European painting, including works by Rembrandt, Reubens, and Zurbarán. Currently, there is a beautiful Christmas tree display in the central lobby. Admission is free, though donations are accepted, and due to its size, there is a short queue outside. It's well worth a brief visit if you're in Balboa Park!
Written 17 December 2023
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mini
Fremont, CA2,10,609 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We enjoyed seeing the art at the Timken Museum of Art. This is a very good collection.
The musem also puts on special events.

Its located in Balboa Park.

Later in the day we saw the Timken House. This is where Mr. Timken lived and kept the art till he passed away. This art work is now the basis of the collection at the Timken Museum.
Written 29 January 2020
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This was just a four room museum with a variety of different artists and periods exhibited inside. Only a certain number of people were allowed inside at a time so we queued in front of the museum. The wait was around 10 minutes.

The lobby was lined with Christmas decor and capped off with a Christmas tree circled by an electric train. Many visitors used that backdrop for their family photos.

I enjoyed the room featuring the Francois Boucher conservation project as he has been a favorite artist of mine for decades. The museum provided some great information about the prep work, methodology to clean and in person work on Wednesday from 10A-11A.
Written 6 December 2023
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marfak
Half Moon Bay, CA1,392 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a small museum in Balboa Park. The collection is small but the art is wonderful. We especially enjoyed the Russian icon collection. The signage, for the most part, is helpful and informative. (For some reasons, some pieces did not have signage.) The staff was very helpful in answering questions. And, unlike most of the museums in Balboa Park, it is free!
Written 26 February 2020
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Don't miss the Timken museum in Balboa Park for their extensive Russian icon collection, Van Dyke and Rembrandt paintings as well as cutting edge special exhibits, such as the current (Feb. 2020) "Captivating Women" that celebrates women. Not only is this museum free, it has a small, selective gift shop, and an active lecture and music series.
Written 23 February 2020
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JDSV
The Netherlands324 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
Among the make-believe 'Spanish' architecture of the buildings surrounding it, the Timken stands out for the simple, clean lines of its architecture.
Walk inside and within a few steps you can be face to face with a Rembrandt and works by other master painters. And for free! Mind you, not necessarily their best works but nevertheless a wonderful experience in a small friendly atmosphere. If only there were more such places...
Written 10 March 2013
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Brad B
Rockville, MD315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This is an outstanding museum and you can easily go through it in less than 2 hours. Beautiful and unique collection.
Written 2 October 2022
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Susan M
Kiawah Island, SC410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Business
Small collection of European art. The collection is a large part Russian icons with a Van Dyke and Rembrandt. Not often does one get to view a private collection for free.
Written 5 February 2020
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Ama_BP
Lima, Peru104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
We loved visiting this museum. First, its free! And its artwork quality is amazing. What we liked the most about the place though, is how they involve kids with art. They had four different treasure hunts with little tidbits of information regarding almost all works of art.
My kids had a blast "hunting" for art. This is an idea I'd love to see replicated in other museums!
Written 16 May 2019
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