Before you even walk in the door of the San Diego Museum of Art, you’re already looking at the piece of art that’s the building’s soaring façade. With heavy influence from the cathedrals and universities of cities in central Spain, the ornamented building is like a slice of Europe in the middle of Balboa Park. On the museum’s interior, the artwork continues with an extensive collection that spans over 7,000 years, from classic paintings by European masters to an array of South Asian art. Compare the style of Francisco de Goya with El Greco or Henri Matisse, or peruse the fascinating global collections from Quebec, Mexico, or China. There’s an entire section of native artwork from the Americas and across the Pacific, as well as gripping photography from some of the world’s original photojournalists. It’s the oldest and largest museum of its kind in the entire surrounding region, and since the temporary exhibits are always changing, it’s a rotating wealth of global culture in the heart of San Diego.
The San Diego Museum of Art is located inside of Balboa Park by El Prado and the Plaza de Panama. The museum is open from 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday, with the exception of Wednesday when it’s closed. On Sunday, the museum is open from noon-5pm. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults, $4.50 for youth, and free for children under 6.