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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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  • 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 »
  • Only free admission museum in Balboa park. Suggested donation 5.00 and is so worth it. If you want to start your kids in the world of humanities. Small museum, easy to peruse with kids and start the l...  more »
  • Outside of the museum looks nice. Inside, there's a very limited collection. If you are not interested in scenes of war brutality or Russian icons or Jesus/the Virgin Mary, you will find little to enj...  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.