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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  • 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 work...  more »
  • 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, ...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • I loved the museum! The whole structure and the art pieces were beautiful! I have been taking an art history course for a while now and For the first time in a very long time I actually Understood what the art pieces meant and what the details in them represented. The piece that stood at the most to me was The Penitent Magdalene by Cesare Procaccini because it was showing life and death and beauty and darkness at the same time. Overall I had a great experience and can’t wait to go back again!
  • We very much enjoyed the docent tour "Reflections on Monet." It was an excellent way to better understand art history and concepts relevant to the Museum's Monet collection. The artwork throughout the Museum is enhanced by the creative lighting designed by the Museum staff.
  • Maybe I don't understand art, but paying 5 dollars to stand around in a basement just didn't do it for me. The art was in some sort of ambient sound style, which meant walking around a concrete floored basement while some speakers played some noise. Completely ridiculous based on how cool the outside of the building looked. I feel embarrassed to have gone through there.
  • 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 contracted 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.
  • I always enjoy myself when I visit. They have a very nice collection of Spanish art here.
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