San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park

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San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park
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It's lovely to wander around the San Diego Museum of Art when you are visiting Balboa Park. The museum is housed in a sumptuous building, inside and out. There are two stories of galleries. It takes an hour to see the entire museum. The collection of religious art from Europe is particularly strong.
The museum has a counter-service patio cafe called Panama 66, open for lunch and dinner (see hours below), with a lovely lawn with modern-art sculptures as the backdrop. They sometimes have live music, around 6:30pm. The food is delicious.

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Ornate decorations at the entrance to the building.

Beautiful details inside the building.

The lovely building.

Upstairs skylight.

Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine, by Master of Frankfurt.

Paintings with light and shadow.

Susanna and the Elders, by Jusepe de Ribera.

Places to sit.

The Coronation of the Virgin, by Luca Signorelli.

Holy Family at Table, by Unknown Mexican Artist.

Portrait of a Lady, by Alessandro Allori.

Window with a pretty shape.

The Church at Varengeville, Morning, by Claude Monet!

Skylight and upstairs banister.

The White Flower (White Trumpet Flower) by Georgia O'Keeffe.

Details on an archway.

The Hands of Dr. Moore, by Diego Rivera.

The Primal Wing, by Agnes Pelton.

La Jolla Cove, by Alfred Richard Mitchell.

Moon Landscape, by Max Beckmann.

Specter of the Evening, by Salvador Dali.

Panama 66, a great counter-service place to eat!

Sculpture garden by Panama 66 cafe.

Sitting in the shade at Panama 66 cafe.

The bar at Panama 66, a restaurant in the plaza between the museum and the sculpture garden.

Panama 66 is a great place to rest and eat.

Delicious meal at Panama 66!


San Diego Museum of Art is located at 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102. The Organ Pavilion Parking Lot has many spaces and is free, and it is a seven minute walk from the museum. You can also park for free in the Veterans Museum Parking Lot and walk 14 minutes to the museum. 
Open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. Closed Wednesdays.
Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65+, $10 for military, and $8 for college students, and free for children aged 17 and under.
Admission is free for SD County residents on the third Tuesday of every month.
Panama 66 Cafe is open Mon, Tues, Thurs 11-5, Wed 4-10, Fr, Sat, 11-9, and Sun 11-7. It sometimes has live music at around 6:30pm.


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