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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  • This is one of Balboa Park’s few free museums. It’s a small place and the emphasis is on European art. They also had an exhibit of religious icons going back to the 1400s. Since we were here in early ...  more »
  • Free. Wonderful little museum that included works by some of the great masters. Did I say it was free . . . And it is in the middle of Balboa Park which is certainly worth a visit.  more »
  • I really enjoyed this museum and it's probably one of my favorite museums in the whole park! The architecture is very different from the Spanish Colonial Revival buildings surrounding it, but still so...  more »
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  • It's a cute little museum hidden in the shadows of the San Diego Museum of Art, in the heart of Balboa Park. It's FREE ADMISSION, because the directors are avid art collectors who just want to share their art with the world. The place survives on donations, gift shop items, and selling guides. Naturally, you have to check your bags and water bottles in at the front desk, and everything goes safely in their coat room. The art isn't even set back behind ropes or anything, so you can get a close-up view of the pieces. The guards are nice old men who just want you to enjoy the art, but will definitely tell you off if toy try anything funny. They're always open to answer questions too! The place is very kid friendly, it's quiet, but not oppressively so. Worth a visit if you're in the area already, and have nothing to do.
  • All you really need to know is that you'll see a beautiful collection of centuries-old art and it's FREE! So if you happen to be in Balboa Park, or if you've already been to the larger more popular museums and looking for something new, give this one a try! The docents were very knowledgeable and passionate about sharing the history of the art pieces with our group , and helped us gain appreciation for it on a whole different level. When you enter you'll love their seasonal displays .in our case, we were able to enjoy the Christmas display of handmade ornaments. Beautiful!
  • A small collection of 6 galleries, yet high quality, including works of Veronese, Rubens, Rembrandt, Boucher, Corot, Vernet, Lorain, David, Hals, Ruisdael, Bruegel, Zurbaran, etc.
  • Small, but impressive collection of art. They had some really beautiful pieces that were hundreds of years old. Don't miss this one!
  • I was there with my classmates and my professor is small gallery but very interesting.

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