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San Diego Museum of Art

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Address: 1450 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-232-7931
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The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest and most visited...

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 Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures.In addition, the Museum 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. Exhibition text is always in English and Spanish.

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Not a big fan of art but enjoyed it

Even though my family is not art fans, this was an enjoyable visit. It has a lot of very old art which drew us in for a closer look.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Ripon, California
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Ripon, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though my family is not art fans, this was an enjoyable visit. It has a lot of very old art which drew us in for a closer look.

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Cerritos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not a 1st tier museum like the Metropolitan in NY. But they do have a number of masters represented. They have changing special exhibits - we saw the Kahn architectural exhibit that was very good. The place is not that big and wasn't too crowded. We were there on a cool day, but it would be a nice... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

They have a nice European permanent section 2nd floor. They have a few masters so that's fun. It's intimate enough to get done easily in one day and $15 admission. Nice that no photos allowed, so you aren't bothered with flashes.

Thank C L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

It's place like other art museum but this month's theme -"indian version of Virgin Mary " amzed me. The permanent area has both american artists' paintings and their European counterparts. The exterior is old spanish art building. There consists of 2storeyed so I enjoyed my visit very much.

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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Decided on one of the hot days, 95 degrees, to stay indoors and the Art Museum was a great idea. Admission was 1/2 price the day we visited, $5. A fine collection of sculptures, 16th century and 17th century art. An fine collection of Oriental art and sculpture, Buddha's, and a collection of religious art works. Most enjoyable, interesting and... More 

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SDMA2015, Manager at San Diego Museum of Art, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit. See you next time! More 

Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Planned our day to visit Balboa Park and visit the museums. It just happened to be Food Truck night and some of the museums were opened later. Enjoyed immensely.

Thank vacationneededs53
SDMA2015, General Manager at San Diego Museum of Art, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed "Balboa Park After Dark" - thanks for visiting! More 

San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The SDMA has spilled out with sculptures unto the plaza area, the new heart of Balboa Park. You can enjoy the sculptures while watching history pedal by in vintage carriages for two (see snap) that are modelled after the ones used in the Panama California Exposition of 1915. You can dine in Panama 66, SDMA's outdoor cafe with adjacent sculpture... More 

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
SDMA2015, Manager at San Diego Museum of Art, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed the "Art of the Open Air" sculpture walk! It's great to see the Plaza activated with people, works of art, and those charming vintage carriages roaming around. We'll see you soon! More 

San Diego, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

I love Balboa Park and hate to write a negative review about anything, let alone a place in this beautiful park. However, I have had several lousy experiences in this place. One example-and the last time I will ever go back to this place-I brought my young daughter, who was excited to see the latest exhibit of art. At every... More 

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Oceanside, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

My wife and I went here on a day downtown. Deciding to come here, it was $15 for an adult which is pricey considering the Smithsonian is free. So after paying $30 the attractions were not so great and it was small compared to other museums I have been too. Will never come back and still trying to swallow the... More 

1 Thank Matthew H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

The European collection is fine, but the works downstairs were more interesting to us. They had an activity book and an activity section for the kids, which was actually fun for all of us. It's worth an hour or two of your time while at Balboa Park, especially if you have the Explorer Pass.

Thank Tanya W
SDMA2015, Public Relations Manager at San Diego Museum of Art, responded to this review

Hi Tanya - we're glad you enjoyed our family-friendly activities. If you're looking for more family-fun, we suggest you visit us on a Family Drop-In Day! Offered from 1-3 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month, Museum educators offer gallery games, art-making activities, and a tour of an exhibition. The next Family Drop-In Day is August 7. Free after... More 

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