This is the crown jewel of Balboa Park. The special exhibits introduced me to two artists I was unfamiliar with (Sorolla and Henri) and enjoyed immensely. The permanent collection contained treasures from the Renaissance through the end of the 20th century (as well as a solid East Asian art section).
The museum is larger than expected, particularly in comparison with the other Balboa Park sites, but still can be manageably and thoroughly enjoyed in a few hours -- and even a shorter trip (if you have time constraints) is absolutely worth the price of admission. There are treasures around every corner!
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