The San Diego Museum of Art is a fine arts museum located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park in San Diego, California that houses a broad collection with particular strength in Spanish art. The San Diego Museum of Art opened as The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego on February 28, 1926, and changed its name to the San Diego Museum of Art in 1978. The official Balboa Park website calls the San Diego Museum of Art "the region's oldest and largest art museum". Nearly half a million people visit the museum each year.Plan to see San Diego Museum of Art and other attractions that appeal to you using our San Diego online trip itinerary planner.
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The San Diego Museum of Art represents a regional highlight rather than a national landmark. Within its two stories, there are a few paintings by the great masters, but they are lesser works. The...
The San Diego Museum of Art represents a regional highlight rather than a national landmark. Within its two stories, there are a few paintings by the great masters, but they are lesser works. The... more »
They have a good cross-section of American and European art. Perhaps it is a little slimmer on contemporary art. It reminds me a lot of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. They get decent...
They have a good cross-section of American and European art. Perhaps it is a little slimmer on contemporary art. It reminds me a lot of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. They get decent... more »
This is actually a lovely museum and costs only $10 to get in. They were very fussy about wearing a mask so make sure you have one with you. The downside during my visit was the not being able to...
This is actually a lovely museum and costs only $10 to get in. They were very fussy about wearing a mask so make sure you have one with you. The downside during my visit was the not being able to... more »
I love this place. It has a place for every interest for most people. The pieces are well arranged and maintained. The labels are easy to read and are well written. The only downside is probably I didn't spend as much time as I did here. I am definitely coming back to check out new pieces or new artists. Congrats to the team behind.
Beautiful museum with lots to offer for so many interests. World class museum, displays, acquisitions. Located in Balboa Park, which is easy to locate, walk around, rent a scooter with a phone app and walk from one museum to the next. 16 museums in all there. Parking wasn't terrible, although you might need to be patient. Highly recommended!
A delightful venue that can easily take days to fully explore. We spent a great deal of time viewing an optional ($5) early Spanish painters gallery. As out of town visitors we did not realize that Tuesdays are free for locals and there were plenty. We suspect that kids from every kiddie camp in the valley was in attendance that day. Even so we found the museum a rewarding and fun experience. There are several food vendors and plenty of restrooms. Parking is quite a challenge for latecomers. And, while there are plenty of free lots, plan to arrive early for a decent space.
Well, as a member, I brought a guest and had a pass. Now the pass is only good FOR GENERAL admission, as any "highlighted" exhibit will cost more. 😞 The exhibit was OK. I've experienced better. They have changed the location of bathrooms but remodeled them. That's a plus.
Quiet museum without many other visitors on a nice sunny afternoon; I understand why everyone is outside. Each of the exhibits has a small sampling of the genre of the period and a special exhibit on Spanish art. Nice way to spend a couple of hours for a taste of each period.
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