San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA), San Diego

San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA), San Diego

San Diego Museum of Art is a fine arts museum located in Balboa Park in San Diego that houses a broad collection with particular strength in Spanish art. The San Diego Museum of Art opened as The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego on February 28, 1926, and changed its name to the San Diego Museum of Art in 1978. The official Balboa Park website calls the San Diego Museum of Art "the region's oldest and largest art museum". Nearly half a million people visit the museum each year.

The museum building was designed by architects William Templeton Johnson and Robert W. Snyder in a plateresque style to harmonize with existing structures from the Panama–California Exposition of 1915. The dominant feature of the façade is a heavily ornamented door inspired by a doorway at the University of Salamanca. The Cathedral of Valladolid also influenced the museum's exterior design, and the architects derived interior motifs from the Santa Cruz Hospital of Toledo, Spain.

The Museum's collections are encyclopedic in nature, with pieces ranging in date from 5000 BC to 2012 AD. The museum's strength is in Spanish works by Murillo, Zurbarán, Cotán, Ribera and El Greco. The museum also houses works by Italian masters Giorgione, Giambattista Pittoni, Giotto, Veronese, Luini, Canaletto, and works by Rubens, Hals and van Dyck from the Northern European School.

Tip:
If you go into the somewhat new "Visible Vault" collection on the entry level you'll get a good overview of the museum and find some treasures, such as the Binney collection of South Asian miniatures. You can dine in Panama 66, SDMA's outdoor cafe with adjacent sculpture garden at one end of the plaza, or catch a quick bite from one of the vendors to eat under one of the many umbrellaed tables around the water fountain.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA)
Sight Location: San Diego, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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