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San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego

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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.
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  • Well worth the $25 entrance fee. There was a Monet to Matisse exhibit on loan from a gallery in Toulouse France. Never will I probably be able to see this caliber art this up close again! Highly... 
    Well worth the $25 entrance fee. There was a Monet to Matisse exhibit on loan from a gallery in Toulouse France. Never will I probably be able to see this caliber art this up close again! Highly...  more »
  • Decided on a whim to take in the popular Renoir to Matisse exhibit. The Museum is part of the Balboa Park complex which includes the famous zoo and multitudes of arts spaces and exhibitions. The... 
    Decided on a whim to take in the popular Renoir to Matisse exhibit. The Museum is part of the Balboa Park complex which includes the famous zoo and multitudes of arts spaces and exhibitions. The...  more »
  • While the museum is small, we loved the collection. We all particularly loved the work of Mariela de la Hoz, which was a strong commentary on modern society and the pandemic. Beautiful examples of... 
    While the museum is small, we loved the collection. We all particularly loved the work of Mariela de la Hoz, which was a strong commentary on modern society and the pandemic. Beautiful examples of...  more »
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  • Accessibility: unfortunately there is no close parking for this museum or really anything in Balboa Park. Bring your own wheelchair if you need assistance getting around far distances because that's everything here. Inside this museum, however, they do have a ramp to get up to the museum, and an elevator inside to go to the different levels of the museum. The museum has air conditioning in the summer time. Experience: beautiful museum inside and out. They have some art collections that stay forever and some that just come here temporarily for a month or so. The prices are great for getting in, and you can buy tickets at the door or online. The art is beautiful and the employees are helpful.
  • Really enjoyed this museum. There’s a lot more than I expected. They have additional exhibitions occasionally and have a surprisingly extensive selection of Art. Anything from East Asian Tomb art or Renaissance and a little Picasso print. It’s a great little museum and well worth a visit if staying in San Diego and visiting Balboa Park. Afterwards you can stroll through the whole park.
  • I can’t believe I haven’t visited this one. A very pleasant experience since it’s a manageable size and got to really appreciate and admire the current impressionist exhibit especially Monet, Picasso and Bonnard to name a few. It’s organized from entry to the actual exhibits. The building facade is very pretty and right next to Prado. The extra 5 dollars for the special exhibit is really worth it. The outside premises is nice to just walk about.
  • Get out of your zone and visit Art that isn't what you hear /see/ think about. This photographic exhibit from an Iranian artist was amazing! The joy and love of film, in its most basic form was....just lovely. Unfortunately, its position is not conducive to an area allowing for free thought. Still...try to get a glimpse.
  • This museum is small but the experience was great. They have a temporary exposition of impressionism which I really liked. Tickets are 20usd but it's totally worth it, you can aso get a discount if you are a student. And the gift shop it's also pretty cool, with a lot of art books and some other souvenirs.

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