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Timken Museum of Art

1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1620
+1 619-239-5548
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Museum that celebrates the important role of art as a way of enriching lives by featuring American, Dutch and Flemish, French, Italian paintings and Russian Icons.
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1620
Balboa Park
+1 619-239-5548
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of Balboa Park’s few free museums. It’s a small place and the emphasis is on European art. They also had an exhibit of religious icons going back to the 1400s. Since we were here in early December, they were displaying a collection...More

Thank Dmarkwind
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Free. Wonderful little museum that included works by some of the great masters. Did I say it was free . . . And it is in the middle of Balboa Park which is certainly worth a visit.

Thank cofloater
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed this museum and it's probably one of my favorite museums in the whole park! The architecture is very different from the Spanish Colonial Revival buildings surrounding it, but still somehow works with its mid century modern charm. It's a very small museum,...More

Thank Colby S
Reviewed 18 November 2017

This gem in the middle of Balboa park was an unexpected find. The private collection of Italian, French and American art has some wonderful pieces, and the icon collection is quite special. Also an exhibit of Monet's work from the north coast of France was...More

Thank sola123
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Despite its modern square box look that clashes with the Spanish architecture of most of the rest of Balboa Park, this free museum (by donation only) is a true gem. We always love to spend time with the Russian icons in one of the galleries;...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

If you enjoy fine art, do not miss the Timken Museum. It is free! You can add an audio tour for a small fee, however, we didn’t take advantage of this due to time limitations. It is a small museum with works divided by Italian,...More

Thank SJscrapbooker
Reviewed 27 October 2017

The Timken Museum of Art is a must see attraction in Balboa Park! It is small in size, but not in quality, exhibiting many virtually priceless classical masterpieces. It has always been free, but of superior quality and beautifully presented. Bring the children; expose them...More

Thank OldBigBob
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Out of the 17 museums (15 according Balboa Park Conservancy own brochure) Timken museum is the only free admission one. But dont let the "Free" fool you thinking it's not worth the visit. You can easily spend more than an hour here even if you...More

Thank IVegas
Reviewed 13 October 2017

What the Timken may lack in size it certainly makes up with the shear quality of its exhibits which are beautifully displayed. As other reviewers have remarked it is a peaceful haven within Balboa Park.

Thank BobandJosie
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Nothing is free these days! Timken Museum must want to encourage people to enjoy and appreciate art--why else would it be free? If you can afford it, give a donation in appreciation. We thoroughly enjoyed this small museum because it was small and we didn't...More

Thank JanHana
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