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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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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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank RoseyL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Tomedin1
Reviewed 12 August 2017

We like the modern art exhibits, and some of Monet's pieces, especially the Water Lily Pond. A staff, Elyse, is friendly and knowledgeable. She patiently told us about the background of the paintings that we were looking at, and guided our daughter on the appreciation...More

3  Thank DianaPei
Reviewed 19 July 2017

I admit coming from Chicago, when it comes to museums I tend to be spoiled. The San Diego Museum Art can definitely be a worthwhile afternoon spot depending on what you are looking for. The museum itself is beautiful and has a reasonable admission price....More

1  Thank DanielaL89
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