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San Diego Museum of Art

1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1618
+1 619-232-7931
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One of Balboa Park’s cool museums

Pieces encompassing ancient to modern, from North and Latin America, plus Asia as well , are on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anchorage, Alaska
via mobile
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Over the Thanksgiving weekend, my elder son wanted to visit the art museum here in San Diego. So... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul S
Costa Mesa, California
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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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1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1618
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pieces encompassing ancient to modern, from North and Latin America, plus Asia as well , are on display at this popular venue in San Diego’s wonderful Balboa Park... we especially enjoyed the landscapes and portraits :). Alas, the Frieda collection wasn’t available during our visit,...More

Thank G C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, my elder son wanted to visit the art museum here in San Diego. So, after visiting with family and friends, we drove down to San Diego and spent a few hours at the Museum of Art. San Diego is home to...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 30 September 2017

San Diego is America's 8th largest city. The San Diego Museum of Art would more be appropriate for America's 80th city. There's not much to see there. You would think a major metropolitan area would have a comprehensive, expansive art museum. You'd be wrong. For...More

2  Thank RoseyL
Reviewed 29 September 2017

I always enjoy visiting this museum, especially in the fall when new exhibits open, the lecture series begins monthly on Fridays, and other activities enhance the museum experience. Currently, in late September 2017 you can find in addition to the permanent collection 2 small, but...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

The SDMA holds lots of different collections and that's rather special for a museum of their modest size. The different collections are there for not large but you do get a flavour of all kinds of art. Be it European, American or Asian. Set in...More

Thank Wub67
Reviewed 20 September 2017

While it's not enormous, and you don't need hours to do it properly. The 1-2 hours you can spend here will be very well spent. They have a very eclectic collection and it is in a really lovely environment. Also, the gift shop is subtle...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Great doscent who showed us some higlights of the collection. We then toured on our own for another hour or more. Recommend you take the doscent tour as they add highlights you may not have considerated. I was surpsied at the variety of art in...More

Thank Darcybev
Reviewed 2 September 2017

When I bought the Balboa Park Explorer pass, I was excited to visit as many of the participating museums as we could during our three-day visit. And, it turns out that the San Diego Museum of Art was actually one of my very favorite places...More

Thank aloha056
Reviewed 16 August 2017

One of my favorite museums in San Diego. It's small, but there's great pieces from big name artists like Monet, El Greco, Goya, and Dali. The museum is in a great location, in Balboa Park. Admission is free for students which is an added bonus....More

1  Thank emma b
Reviewed 13 August 2017

This is a small well designed art museum. Parking is really difficult so be prepared to walk. No major collections yet a lot of good individual pieces by major artists. I particularly like the California landscape pieces.

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