San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Tues - Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
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- History: The idea for the creation of the San Diego Museum of Art began in 1915 to celebrate San Diego as a growing cultural area. Construction for the Museum of Art in San Diego started in 1922, and the museum has since become the largest, oldest and most visited in the region.
- Hours of Operation: The Museum of Art San Diego is open from 10am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and until 7pm on Friday. On Sunday the museum opens at 12pm and closes at 5pm, while the museum is closed every Wednesday.
- Collections: San Diego Museum of Art collections contain artwork from around the world including Spanish, European, Asian, American and Latin American art. The artwork covers a vast time period from modern day creations and designs dating all the way back to 5,000 B.C.
- Exhibits: The exhibits at the San Diego Museum of Art are constantly changing as temporary displays set up at the museum such as The Human Beast exhibition and the Roberto Cortazar exposition. The Human Beast features the paintings and prints of 48 German expressionist artists while the other presents 12 paintings by the Mexico City artist Roberto Cortazar.
- Programs: The Museum of Art San Diego hosts numerous programs and events geared toward audiences of all ages. The museum invites families to attend the Family Drop In program, which includes search-and-find activities, interactive exhibits and guided tours to encourage art interest and engagement. Culture and Cocktail night, Seldom Seen Lectures and First Friday Films are among several of the other events offered to increase art awareness among the public.
The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park works to collect, preserve and display global artwork from a vast time period ranging from 5,000 B.C. to modern day. The extensive global art collection includes Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and warrior samurai prized swords in the Asian displays, while the European collections exhibit Baroque style paintings and Italian Renaissance artwork. The San Diego art museum is also home to a Hawaiian ivory pendant necklace from the 19th century, Mexican modernism work, as well as post-war and contemporary artwork. Guests at the San Diego Museum of Art are also encouraged to visit Alexander Caldwell's Spinal Column sculpture and Georgia O'Keeffe's painting The White Flower.
Museum of Art San Diego welcomes visitors to engage in the various programs and tours offered. For the children, family programs and summer camps are available, while lectures and evening events are designed to interest adults. Summer camps for different age groups teach lessons in printmaking, painting and sculpting, while the museum's Teen Art Cafe and Teen Summer Studio help older children create portfolios and showcase their artwork. The Museum of Art San Diego hosts events such as Culture and Cocktail nights, where adults are invited to view art displays while listening to the DJ spin and sipping on cocktails. Seldom Seen Lectures introduce rarely seen artwork, while First Friday Films are a fun way to gain interest and knowledge in artwork through films shown at the museum's theater. In addition to these programs and events, the Museum of Art in San Diego also offers daily tours suitable for guests of all ages.
- Do Explore with a Tour: 30-minute highlight tours are offered in addition to one-hour tours on specific exhibits. Guided tours are available for the public, groups and school field trip visits as well.
- Don't Touch the Artwork: The San Diego Museum of Art asks that guests respect a 12-inch distance between themselves and the artwork in order to help preserve the works of art.