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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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"special exhibit"
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"balboa park"
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"permanent collection"
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"nice collection"
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"old masters"
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"spanish masters"
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"frida kahlo"
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"german expressionism"
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"contemporary works"
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"asian collection"
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"van dyck"
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"explorer pass"
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"on display"
in 10 reviews
"beautiful building"
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"water fountain"
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"enjoyable visit"
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"nice gift shop"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved my day at this museum where we saw works by American artists (a Georgia O'Keeffe painted in Quebec, a portrait of Mildred Myers Oldden by Alice Neel), as well as Rivera, Dali and more. The highlight was the exhibit of photographs and a...More

Thank moira k
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I do like the Museum but I have to say, the best time to go is in April for Art Alive, it's just fantastic. Getting ready to go again in a week!!

Thank antonella z
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There’s a bit of everything in here and it doesn’t seem to connect. Guess you can whip around and find the things you like and stick to them. My dad used to love a smorgasbord. I think I prefer a la carte.

Thank Richard H
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

The SDMA has a traditional collection within a classic building. If you go into the somewhat new "Visible Vault" collection on the entry level you'll get a good overview of the museum and find some treasures, such as the Binney collection of South Asian minatures....More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

A nice building with well curated shows (currently East Asia, Latin American Art). The standard collection is small but there are several spectacular pieces by O'Keefe, Delaunay, Braque. Good location on the square.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This museum has some great exhibits! There are also fabulous events that take place. Don't miss this in Balboa Park.

Thank Marlene L
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

I was visiting Balboa Park and decided to take a look in here. They have a good range of artworks from different styles and periods.

Thank Meredith H
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

The San Diego Museum of Art is located in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. The Museum houses art particularly by Spanish masters Murillo, Zurbarán, Cotán, Ribera and El Greco. It also displays works by Italian masters Giorgione, Giambattista Pittoni, Giotto, Veronese, Luini and Canaletto, and...More

Thank LouisM565
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

I really enjoyed this beautiful, compact museum. The collections are lovely and the special exhibit on Latin American art (through March 2018) was really spectacular with some pieces by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Ricardo Martínez de Hoyos and others. Highly recommended!

Thank Jonathan M
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I enjoyed an excellent highlights tour and spent time in the Monet exhibit. The collections are varied and best seen at your own pace. The expertise of the guides is a bonus, free with admission.

Thank pbrtours
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