The name has changed a few times over the years and so has the collection grown. Art lovers will enjoy the permanent collection as well as temporary exhibits displayed throughout the year.
The building was created specifically for the Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego in February 1926, between the years of the Panama-American Exposition 1915-1916 and the California-Pacific International Exposition 1935-1936 at which time the museum wore the name, San Diego Palace of Fine Arts. Now, we know it as The San Diego Museum of Art. What's in a name?
Besides an impressive body of world class works, the museum sponsors lectures, classes, films and concerts for the enrichment of all who care to join.
The Sculpture Court Café in a lovely garden setting just outside of the Museum, offers respite after touring the collection.
Docents give free tours during the day and at the time of this writing, admission for adults is $12.00, students, seniors and military $9.00 and children 7-17 years $4.50. Every third Tuesday of the month, admission is free.
Next door, just east of the SDMoA stands the Timken Museum of Art. A smaller selection can be found here, but lovely to see. Admission is free and shouldn't be missed if art is your thing.
....'The Legacy of the Popes'. An exhibition at the SD Museum of Art that opened 2 weeks ago (May 15th) and runs until September 6th, 2004. I ran across this accidentally, as I had come to visit the permanent collections, but iit was certainly the highlight of my visit.
This exhibition takes up almost the entire ground floor of the museum, and you need to leave AT LEAST 1 1/2 hours to view everything. I needed 2 hours and towards the end just glimpsed at some of the items on display. Note - there are toilets 3/4 of the way through the exhibition.
What can you expect to learn/see...? From the founding of the church to modern day, you are taken on a 2,000 year journey starting with Peter and Paul and ending with Pope John Paul II. See sketches from Michelangelo, mosaics from 4th century churches and Papal clothing and possessions.
Very interesting insight into Catholicism, but this collection is from the Vatican museum and is Vatican sponsered. So expect a biased view of Popes past and present. If you've read 'A Treasury of Royal Scandals' like myself, you'll be surprised at the different perspective given. I left with the impression of wealth over religion - more jewels, silver crosses and an overly stylised church than religious thought. Interesting none-the-less though.
Admission isn't cheap - $16 for a young adult (18-24), $18 for adults and children I think were $12. However, given the length of this exhibition, I really wouldn't bring young children (under 12's). Audio tour - free with your admission. As always, go early to avoid the crowds!!
If yoy are interested you can visit the San Diego Museum of Art which seems to be one of the country's leading art institutions, with approximately 500,000 visitors annually.
Its holdings include renowned collections of Italian Renaissance, Dutch and Spanish Old Masters, Asian art, south Asian paintings, as well as comprehensive examples of American art, nineteenth-century European paintings, twentieth-century paintings and sculpture, and the Frederick R. Weisman Gallery for Contemporary California Art.
The Museum is host to major touring exhibitions and offers a complete, year-round schedule of performances, concerts, lectures, gallery talks, and films.
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays.
Seniors (65+) $6
Young Adults (18-24) $6
College Students (w/I.D.) $6
Military (w/I.D.) $6
Children (6-17) $3
Children Ages 5 and Under Free
Pay attention to the beautiful fountain in front of the museum.
This museum is part of Balboa Park. It houses many fine exhibits some of which rotate around. They also music and arts programs as well as art instruction.
Some events they sponser are free, others cost the price of admission. Art instruction usually requires a substantial fee as well as materials costs.