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Timken Museum of Art, San Diego

(4/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Affectionately known as the “jewel box” of fine art, the Timken is home to the Putnam Foundation’s world-class collection of European and American masterpieces and Russian icons. Artists represented include Rembrandt, Rubens, Fragonard, Bierstadt, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, John Singleton Copley, and Eastman Johnson.

Designed by San Diego architect John Mock for Frank L. Hope and Associates, the museum building is considered one of the most important examples of mid-century southern California modernism, and one of the finest regional examples of the International Style in the United States.
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  • A gem of a small museum. Located on one level in balboa park all galleries are easily accessible beautiful masterworks are on display. A collection of icons are there for your enjoyment Highly recomme...  more »
  • It's easy to find and it's free. You know walking around the outside to get to the entrance that it will be special, and it is! The Timken staff is welcoming and the galleries are filled with treasure...  more »
  • The Timken specializes in European art, Russian icons and American art. Although small and only on one floor the museum has works by some master artists: Hals, Metsu, Maes, Copley and the only Rembran...  more »
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  • This fun little selection is the donated remains of the Timken family collection. It's entry by donation, so no need to shell out a lot of money to bring the entire family. Definitely worth a stop, especially if you are visiting the SDMART next door.
  • One of the free museums in Balboa. Although pretty small, it takes only about 30 minutes to go through the whole thing. They have some very famous artist's works here.
  • Free museum with very nice art.
  • This is an alright museum but there are so many great ones right next to it that are far superior that I have to end at star three.
  • Amazing - $5 suggested donation otherwise free. Tour guide was fantastic and talked for a long time about our specific interests