Balboa Perks: San Diego Museum of Art

By Joshua Vincent

The San Diego Museum of Art at Balboa Park offers a range of art from different time periods and styles. The museum, which officially opened in 1926, was a project backed by local philanthropists, artists and collectors.

The museum’s construction was part of a movement to celebrate San Diego as a seaport and cultural hub following completion of the Panama Canal. A festival celebrating the occasion was held in Balboa Park in 1915.

Among the different pieces are paintings by Mary Cassatt and Georgia O’Keefe, two of the most prominent female American painters of the past two centuries.

Visitors can also view original work by Diego Rivera, Claude Monet and Salvador Dali among others. There are a number of Renaissance paintings and a nice collection of Buddha sculptures.

“It’s cool to see all the art, you know, from different cultures and parts of the world,” said Danny Nguyen, UC San Diego student.

The Sculpture Court Cafe offers museum visitors a place to grab a bite to eat and has several pieces on display in the sculpture garden, including one by renowned English sculptor, Henry Moore.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m to 5 p.m. Information can be found on the museum website at

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