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San Diego Museum of Art

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Address: 1450 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: +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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This month special !!! Indian version Vergin Mary/ good place for paintings and portraits

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Bangkok
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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.

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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 24 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 

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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 

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Bakersfield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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.

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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 

Washington, DC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

This is a very small museum, I arrived at 4pm and was able to see everything before closing at 5pm. There was a small Expressionist exhibit and then the permanent small collection of European paintings. On the first floor, there is a collection of Asian artifacts which was a nice contrast with the European paintings. European paintings are always may... More 

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Northridge, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Came here with the wife to see the Quilt Exhibit. All of the quilts were very nice, but some of them were fantastic! When we finished with the quilts, we looked at a number of the other exhibits. Most of them were on the small side, but as a result this was a very comfortable museum to see! We went... More 

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

Aren't the quilts amazing? Truly breathtaking American craftsmanship. We're glad you enjoyed the exhibition! More 

Palm Springs, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Good special exhibits and some good core items. Not a huge place to get lost in but fine to meander without crowds in front of that well-known artist you learned about in college. And, they do have quite a breadth in their collection. Worth the admission price.

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