San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego

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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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  • August 12, 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 Califor...  more »
  • August 12, 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 ...  more »
  • July 19, 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 its...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    Museum has a discriminatory bag check policy. If you are a white woman, you're welcome to carry your backpack to the side or in the front. Everyone else, your backpack needs to be checked in, even if the guards have to chase after you. I wish, wish, wish so badly that I was just imagining this, but I was sitting on a bench inside the museum by the entrance on a very busy day. My phone had died and I had nothing better to do but to people watch while I waited for my partner who was nearly an hour late. It saddens me deeply to witness internalized racism from the workers who were majority people of color. Please retrain your workers and ask your contacted security to do the same. It's incredibly egregious. Anyone who doesn't believe me, just observe them for ten minutes and you'll see what I saw.
  • June 30, 2017
    This is the best museum in all of Balboa Park. The variety, size, expertly crafted exhibits, attention to detail, lectures, and gift shop make this place a must see. They have fantastic events year round, Culture and Cocktails, Art Alive, Films in the Garden. The staff is very kind and helpful, as well as knowledgable. I always love looking at the new banners / displays on the outside, their graphic design team does a excellent job. The building itself is wonderful to gaze at while you enjoy the lounge area and bistro tables outside on a nice day.
  • July 1, 2017
    Where does art end and mockery begin? That was the question I had to ask myself over and over as I walked through some of the first floor exhibits. Of course I suppose that means there is something for everyone. There was a lot of wasted space in some of the rooms. I felt they could bring in a lot more art work to share with the world without encumbering the aesthetics of other displays. They did have some nice little displays where kids and others could practice calligraphy or create artistic drawings of their own.
  • July 1, 2017
    Most exhibits were very good and informative. There was one exhibit called "What You See Is What You Get" which was...interesting. The rest of the museum wad enjoyable for all ages
  • February 3, 2017
    If you are a TRUE Disney fan. You will love this place. But if you only love Disneyland because it's Disney, you will be bored easily.I am in love with Disney because I grew up loving anything Disney, so when I found out about this place, I knew I had to come here. There is so much history about Walt Disney that I did not know. This place is so amazing. I was mind blown. Definitely a family place to come to if you want to learn the history behind Walt's life/ career. The big map of Disneyland during Walt's life is to die for! I will definitely come back here again!

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