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San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego

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4/5 based on 180 reviews on the web
The Museum’s nationally renowned collections include Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculptures. The Museum regularly features major exhibitions of art from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule of programs. At The San Diego Museum of Art, exhibition text is always in English and Spanish.
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  • Decided on one of the hot days, 95 degrees, to stay indoors and the Art Museum was a great idea. Admission was 1/2 price the day we visited, $5. A fine collection of sculptures, 16th century and 17th ...  read more »
  • Planned our day to visit Balboa Park and visit the museums. It just happened to be Food Truck night and some of the museums were opened later. Enjoyed immensely. 
  • The SDMA has spilled out with sculptures unto the plaza area, the new heart of Balboa Park. You can enjoy the sculptures while watching history pedal by in vintage carriages for two (see snap) that ar...  read more »
  • The San Diego Museum of art has the wonderful collection of artwork from around the globe. I am at big fan of their impressionist artist, particularly Claude Monet and his "Haystacks at Chailly" (1865). The collections include pieces from Asia, the art of the Americas, Europe, modern and contemporary art, photography, along with art of Africa, the Pacific and Native Americans.
  • At the end of the day, I don't think I'm smart enough to really understand art well. That said, I have some smart friends who wanted to come check this place out and it ended up being a nice afternoon spent looking at some pretty solid exhibits. Located in Balboa park near a bunch of other museums (I have no idea where it was) lies what is apparently the oldest art fixture in San Diego. The size of this place was smaller than I expected, but that said, it was nice to see enough stuff to give you something to talk about, while still having time to do something else. The Chicago Art Museum and others are often so large, you can't see them in one day. We took our time and were here about 2.5 hours. It was something like $12 to enter and the place is divided into two levels. Up stairs (Up a beautiful staircase) was the traditional art that simpletons like me understand - portraits, scenery and food paintings. A friend made the comment that this may have been the true beginnings of Yelp - Agreed! Downstairs were a number of "other" art exhibits including one on Chinese art that had a lot of silk and scroll paintings. Another included sculptures of animals - it was reminiscent of junior high art class, but apparently the dude was famous for it. Eastern Asian art including plenty of books, tablewares (painted plates) and windows, was a a nice departure from the usual and was very interesting. There was a pottery exhibit from China as well that had artifacts dating back around 3000 years - nice to know people back then had cups! All in all, this wasn't a super impressive place, but we enjoyed ourselves and felt it was worth our time. Not a great place for kids as there's not a lot of interactive stuff here, though for middle school kids, it'll break up the "art" into different constructs and may spark some interest. It's not going to satisfy those looking for high culture and pushing the envelope (read: weird) art, but for those of us who are cultural troglodytes, it was a nice afternoon activity.
  • great place, the inner architecture of the building alone is worth seeing let alone the fabulous collections they offer. part of Balboa Park, and right next to several other museums, plus the zoo. if you're coming from out of town, by all means, take a long weekend and hit all the museums in the area. there are signs of where you're not allowed to take pics, so keep an eye out for the "no camera" sign staff was great.
  • Time we'll spent at the SD Art Museum. We came for the centennial celebration and made our way through the museum which was offering free admission at the time. If you have a chance, stop by and dedicate some time to these pieces of history. The work that was created with the materials at hand is remarkable.
  • Excellent collection of Spanish paintings. Also strong in Asian/Islamic art. Frequent interesting exhibition's.
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