San Diego

United States

1450 El Prado, Balboa Park

Phone: (619) 232-7931

San Diego Museum Of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art is the region's primary resource for exhibitions and collections of fine art for more than 75 years. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, our galleries offer opportunities for learning, introspection, and connection with cultures from around the world. Please browse our site and discover our many exhibitions, classes, and performances.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (2)

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Permanent Collection

Though the Museum's collections are encyclopedic in nature, with pieces ranging in date from 5,000 B.C. to 2001 A.D., SDMA is perhaps best known for its collection of Spanish old master paintings. The sculptural details on the building's fa├žade, designed in the mid-1920s before the collection was formed, anticipated the Museum's strength in Spanish works by Murillo, Zurbar├ín , Ribera, Cot├ín and El Greco. The Museum currently owns one or more paintings by each of these masters. This aspect of the collection was established early in the institution's history thanks to the donations of Anne R. and Amy Putnam during the 1930s and 1940s. In addition to the artists listed above, the Putnams also furnished the Museum with important works by Italian masters Giorgione, Giotto, Veronese, Luini, Canaletto, and Guardi. Works by Rubens, Hals, van Dyck, and van Ruisdael, also donated by the Putnams, represent the Northern European School.
Additional gifts and museum purchases later in the century have rounded out the collection of European art with examples by all the major French Impressionists, the Barbizon School, and French Academic painters, not to mention works by modern masters Matisse, Dufy, Beckman, and Modigliani.

The American collection has flourished over the past three-quarters century as well. In addition to paintings and decorative arts dating back to the colonial era, the collection of American art features works by Durand, Cassatt, Inness, Eakins, and Chase. Meanwhile, several works by Georgia O'Keeffe, works by the "Ash Can" school artists, and paintings by modernists Dove and Avery are just a few of the highlights from the Museum's collection of early twentiet...+ [ Read all ]


Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005
February 10-April 22, 2007

This major internationally traveling exhibition features approximately 200 photographs from one of the most celebrated photographers of our time, Annie Leibovitz. The exhibition encompasses both the photographer's personal and professional work, including family photographs and portraits of public figures such as Colin Powell, Demi Moore, Brad Pitt, and Bill Clinton.

Mel Bochner: Drawing from Four Decades
January 13-March 18, 2007
This special exhibition of 29 works is the first to offer an overview of conceptual artist Mel Bochner's drawing practice.

Jasper Johns' Green Angel: The Making of a Print
January 13-March 18, 2007
This unique display showcases two significant etchings by major contemporary artist Jasper Johns, along with a complete set of 17 proofs and original etching plates for both prints.

European Art
European Old Masters:
Sacred and Secular
Thematic presentation of the European collection shifts the focus from chronology to content.

Maxwell H. and Muriel Gluck Gallery
Late 18th- through early 20th-century European art
Through March 18, 2007
This new installation focuses on the backs of five paintings, where information such as labels, inscriptions, and markings reveal hidden information about each work. The paintings on display come from SDMA's European collection and range from the 16th to early 20th century.

Asian Art
Paintings of South India
Through June 3, 2007
This display of 25 works from SDMA's Edwin Binney 3rd Collection highlights paintings from South India, an area that has rarely been represented in previous exhibitions.
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Exhibitions (4)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Art Alive 2007
April 13-15, 2007

Young Art 2007: Exploring Color
April 14-May 27, 2007

Waking Dreams: The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites from the Delaware Art Museum
May 19-July 29, 2007

Impressionist Giverny: A Colony of Artists, 1885-1915
July 21-September 30, 2007


Members Free
Adults $10
Seniors (65+) and Military $8
Students with ID $7
Youths (6-17) $4
Children 5 and under Free

Opening hours

Tuesday through Sunday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For the convenience of our patrons, there are two wheelchairs available for use inside the Museum. They are lent out, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. We regret that wheelchairs cannot be reserved in advance.

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The San Diego Museum of Art's education department is committed to reaching out into the community in order to make the Museum accessible to anyone who wants to learn about its collections and exhibitions and to understand and participate in the creative process. We serve children, adults, educators, and families in the San Diego area through educational and interpretive programs and performances in the Museum's galleries, classrooms, and auditorium, and through outreach programs in the community.


Groups of 15 or more receive discounted prices for admission and programs.
Please call the Group Sales office at (619) 696-1915, or contact us at


We are eager to meet your needs and assist you in making the most of your educational experience. Please feel free to call the education department if you have any questions. Our office is open weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and can be reached at (619) 231-1996 or We look forward to seeing you at SDMA.
Anyone interested in scheduling a school or group tour with a museum docent should also call (619) 231-1996, or fax the education department at (619) 231-7038.


The San Diego Museum of Art's education department is seeking upper-level undergraduate or graduate students studying education, art history, studio art, art education, or museum education for a variety of internship positions. Education department internships are designed to provide students with opportunities to apply classroom skills in a real-world environment while critically thinking about how the Museum functions as a contemporary educational tool.

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Contact the Membership office at
(619) 696-1941
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Donations made to the Museum allow for the presentation of exhibitions, outreach programs to the community, research, publications, and conservation of works of art. Individuals, corporations and foundations can make a difference by contributing to SDMA.

For further information on any of the above options, please send your request to the Development Office at (619) 696-1930 or

Venue hire

SDMA is pleased to extend the use of its facilities to corporations, non-profit organizations, and individuals for the purpose of private entertaining through our Partners in Art program. An event at the Museum not only provides a memorable experience, but also continues SDMA's commitment to increasing public appreciation for the arts by introducing new audiences to its exhibitions and facilities.

Please contact the Special Events Manager at 619-696-1924 or for additional information.