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San Diego Museum of Art

1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1618
+1 619-232-7931
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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 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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1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1618
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"special exhibit"
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"balboa park"
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"permanent collection"
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"nice collection"
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"old masters"
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"spanish masters"
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"frida kahlo"
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"german expressionism"
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"contemporary works"
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"asian collection"
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"van dyck"
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"explorer pass"
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"on display"
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"beautiful building"
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"water fountain"
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"enjoyable visit"
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"nice gift shop"
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

What a pleasure to walk around for hours in San Diego Museum of art. Bring your kids for a life history of Frida Kahlo, and it will be for free for them. You can discover many of the known famous painters . Just go and...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

The San Diego Museum of Art is an enjoyable museum to stroll through - with a few memorable pieces - and staffed with exceptionally friendly and helpful people. But set your expectations appropriately before going. The collection is relatively small for the central art museum...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

The San Diego Museum of Art is the region's primary art museum. It offers a stellar collection of art as well as traveling exhibitions. Ongoing exhibits include American Art, Art of East Asia, Visible Vaults, German Expressionism, Art of the 20th Century, Art of South...More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

If you want to enjoy a buffet of painting, this is the place for you. The current "Visible Vaults" exhibit gives a good overview of the various collections and with pull out drawers, you can see as much or as little as you want. The...More

1  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Pieces encompassing ancient to modern, from North and Latin America, plus Asia as well , are on display at this popular venue in San Diego’s wonderful Balboa Park... we especially enjoyed the landscapes and portraits :). Alas, the Frieda collection wasn’t available during our visit,...More

1  Thank G C
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, my elder son wanted to visit the art museum here in San Diego. So, after visiting with family and friends, we drove down to San Diego and spent a few hours at the Museum of Art. San Diego is home to...More

1  Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

San Diego is America's 8th largest city. The San Diego Museum of Art would more be appropriate for America's 80th city. There's not much to see there. You would think a major metropolitan area would have a comprehensive, expansive art museum. You'd be wrong. For...More

5  Thank RoseyL
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

I always enjoy visiting this museum, especially in the fall when new exhibits open, the lecture series begins monthly on Fridays, and other activities enhance the museum experience. Currently, in late September 2017 you can find in addition to the permanent collection 2 small, but...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

The SDMA holds lots of different collections and that's rather special for a museum of their modest size. The different collections are there for not large but you do get a flavour of all kinds of art. Be it European, American or Asian. Set in...More

2  Thank Wub67
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

While it's not enormous, and you don't need hours to do it properly. The 1-2 hours you can spend here will be very well spent. They have a very eclectic collection and it is in a really lovely environment. Also, the gift shop is subtle...More

2  Thank Michael C
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