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San Diego Museum of Art

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The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum, provides a rich and diverse cultural experience. Located in the heart of beautiful Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned permanent collection includes...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We love museums. Going to this museum was a joy. Seeing the different art pieces in display just kept us smiling.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Chick L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

SDMA isn't the Smithsonian but it is at the cultural heart of Balboa Park. There are some good pieces, and this small museum has the most Zurbaran pieces in the US. They outreach through an active docent program, outdoor films in the grassy area adjacent,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Small but lovely art museum with some excellent pieces including Toulouse-Lautrec prints in the accessible archives and lovely East Asian ceramics.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank JeremyS588
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Museum has no ethical or moral backbone. Elitist and arrogant board members think they run the museum.They attend special events and come off as the most arrogant and pretentious snobs.I was put off because the museum puts them before everything and anyone else. Museum Admin...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank culturewayoflife
Reviewed 26 September 2018

This is a smaller museum than many, but jam-packed with great art. The rooms are laid out and organized very well, with a lot of flow. There's a lot to see here, so set aside a couple of hours at least. This is a museum...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Conda D
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit- an hour should do. If you like Asian art- double that. They had a nice show of selections from their American collections- loved the Butterfield horses and the Stuart Davis

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jfadds
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

It was a hot day in SD Balboa Park. so we decided to stay cool inside the museum of Arts. I was happy to see Georgia O’keeffe arts, and some good artists that I like. We enjoyed our day together with our friends from Arizona....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank pinayp2016
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This is a fantastic museum! I ended up there for several hours in the morning and then went back to see the rest after lunch! The American Art had a wonderful selection including some by Georgia O'Keeffe that I had never seen -special for me...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank crg505
Reviewed 11 August 2018

This was one of two museums I visited in Balboa Park. Although I wasn't familiar with most of the artists shown(only the masters), the museum had a good selection of art. I especially enjoyed the Epic Tales from Ancient India and Nancy Lorenz exhibits. Unfortunately,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank seetheworld600
Reviewed 13 July 2018

We always look for art wherever we are - so wanted to check this out while in the area. It ended up being an eclectic mix of exhibits - all with some interesting elements and worth spending a few minutes in. Nothing too substantial though...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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