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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  • If you enjoy fine art, do not miss the Timken Museum. It is free! You can add an audio tour for a small fee, however, we didn’t take advantage of this due to time limitations. It is a small museum wit...  more »
  • The Timken Museum of Art is a must see attraction in Balboa Park! It is small in size, but not in quality, exhibiting many virtually priceless classical masterpieces. It has always been free, but of s...  more »
  • Out of the 17 museums (15 according Balboa Park Conservancy own brochure) Timken museum is the only free admission one. But dont let the "Free" fool you thinking it's not worth the visit. You can easi...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Small museum but nice collection and hard to beat free!
  • 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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