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The San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art

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Sights and Museums, Art Museum
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Balboa Park, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 23- 7931
https://www.sdmart.org/
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With a collection that spans over seven thousand years of human history, the San Diego Museum of Art has art to satisfy even the most discerning visitors. Located just next to the beautiful Balboa ... Read more
Park in San Diego, the museum is the oldest and largest art museum in Southern California. The museum features pieces by masters of art from Italy and northern Europe, as well as a rotation of traveling exhibitions from around the country. Feel free to make a day out of it, as there is a beautiful restaurant in the middle of the museum’s sculpture court.

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Santa Monica, California

Beautiful exhibits and then some with whimsy and flair. Great location on the Balboa Park Square with Tables and umbrellas outside for dining. CArts and sit down dining.

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As a fine artist myself - I LOVE this place - located in Balboa Park it is the cultural heart of SD!

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Local from San Diego, California

My favorite museum in SD. Don't forget to stop into the Museum Store and check out all the cool stuff form all over the world!

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Local from San Diego

One of if not the best museum in Balboa Park. Highly recommended if you're visiting San Diego or even if you're a local.

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Nice museum but odd space/layout. 2 levels but the upstairs area has small exhibit rooms. Great gift store.

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Local from San Diego, United States (USA)

Check out when they host Culture and Cocktails- a really fun themed night at the museum with cocktails, music, food and fun!

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Concord, California

Check media to see what is exhibiting. They have had excellent offerings of world wide reknown.

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Excellent, and in the center of the park. Adjacent is the museum's popular outdoor café.

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Moss Beach

What I really appreciate about this museum is the quality of the special exhibitions. They do a great job of highlighting the history of Mexican art and showing some terrific contemporary Mexican and Latin American art. Admission is free.

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I have been here a few times for multiple exhibitions. they have very high quality pieces and its a very educational time.

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Redwood City, California, USA

A really fantastic museum, hard to believe (yet lucky!) we have so many in our own (San Diego's) backyard. Located just north of downtown, visit this gem of a museum that regularly features major exhibitions from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule of supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults. Very cool that the exhibition text is always in English and Spanish. Parking is close-by, located behind the Organ Pavilion. ps... closed on Wednesdays, ask for the student/military/senior discounts if applicable!

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The region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum, provides a rich and diverse cultural experience for almost 250,000 visitors annually. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned permanent collection includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures. The Museum also regularly features major exhibitions from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule of cultural and educational programs for children and adults. All exhibition text is shown in English and Spanish. Stay tuned to their website for coveted annual events, such as the Spring floral exhibit, Art Alive. Also, watch for discounted days for locals and Macy's museum month partnership in March.

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San Pedro, California

One of the most beautiful places I have ever gone to! And being able to see the botanical garden like right next to it, is unbelievable!

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Calgary, Canada

This museum located in Balboa Park has a small collection but with some very nice works.

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Belmont, California, USA

Located inside sprawling Balboa Park, which is home to 15 museums, the SD Museum of Art is the area's oldest and largest art museum. It houses an impressive collection of American, European, Latin American and Asian art. Modern art lovers will appreciate that there are pieces by Matisse, Dalí, Magritte, Rivera, and Miró - just to name a few.

Admission is $12 for adults and note that the museum is closed on Mondays. There's free parking in the large lot just a short walk from the museum.

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Asheboro

Well, this is a world-class museum isn't it? I have seen paintings "in person" here that I thought I would only see in books. Even the building itself is worth seeing, as any art museum should be. I try to go every time I am in San Diego. There are also nice cafes, since it is in Balboa Park, and plenty of other museums to see. Plan for more than one day!

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Berlin, Germany

Lovely art museum with a good-sized collection and an excellent reputation for getting some fantastic temporary exhibits. They also have AMAZING events including the ever popular Culture and Cocktails night, special movie nights and Art Alive!

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Those who love art. One of San Diego's most under visited treasures.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

not so big

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Local from San Diego, California

Hundreds of exhibition items, great collection!

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