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Timken Museum of Art, San Diego

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4/5 based on 100+ 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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  • It is the only free exhibit in Balboa Park and provides an interesting display of art in essentially four rooms. It is worth a visit as there is some interesting exhibits but you do not need to spend ...  read more »
  • My wife and I went to this museum while touring San Diego. The art collection is very nice albeit small. The staff at this museum consists of people, who seem to have NO interest in being pleasant and...  read more »
  • Free entry! Grrat small collection of mainly 16th to 18th Century Art. Many of the frames marked 'The Putnam Foundation'. Their world renowned Rembrandt is at another venue this year but returns in 20...  read more »
  • 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.
  • I'm not much of an "old art" fan, but I still enjoyed this museum. It's quiet enough that you can make your own pace throughout the viewing areas.
  • Amazing - $5 suggested donation otherwise free. Tour guide was fantastic and talked for a long time about our specific interests
  • Does lean on the fine arts side. Lovely place though, contemporary building with the classics 1700s acquisitions
  • Great collection of European and Russian art, including icons. Admission is suggested but it can be free. Tour guides are very knowledgeable.
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