Timken Museum of Art, San Diego

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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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  • June 26, 2017
    This free museum was one of my favorite sites in Balboa park. For a small museum, they have a pretty significant collection (including a couple of well known Dutch masters).  more »
  • June 23, 2017
    The Timken Museum is a jewel box at the heart of Balboa Park. With its modern box architecture thw timken stands out and belies its interior that houses an excellent collection of Russian icons as wel...  more »
  • June 12, 2017
    The collection is small but interesting. The paintings are organized by country of origin - French, Italian, Spanish, etc. No modern art here - the works are from the 1300s through the 1800s. This mus...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    The museum is small but the art they have is impressive. The price is free so dont miss this one if you are going to see any of the other nearby attractions.
  • April 19, 2017
    Free art museum with the current displays including Christianity and war pieces. Won't take you long to wander through and appreciate the pieces on offer.
  • October 9, 2016
    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.
  • April 28, 2017
    Small museum but nice collection and hard to beat free!
  • December 31, 2016
    Very very small gallery with limited floor space. It was difficult to thoroughly embrace the beauty of gallery due the consistent stream of foot traffic.

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