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Timken Museum of Art

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Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1620
Phone Number: +1 619-239-5548
10:00 - 16:30
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:30

Museum that celebrates the important role of art as a way of enriching...

Museum that celebrates the important role of art as a way of enriching lives by featuring American, Dutch and Flemish, French, Italian paintings and Russian Icons.

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Great art museum of older works

This is a small free museum inside Balboa Park, but worth stopping by. The collection was very impressive of older original works as far back as 700 hundred years old. A striking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small free museum inside Balboa Park, but worth stopping by. The collection was very impressive of older original works as far back as 700 hundred years old. A striking display of the style of the times as well as a good history in the religious aspect that effected the painting of the time. Very interesting

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small jewel box of a museum contains only masterpieces. The Zurbaran made me gasp with pleasure, it is so compelling a portrait. There simply are n second-rate canvases here. The architect acted like a jeweler, designing the perfect setting for these gems. Best of all,it's often not crowded, so you can get up close and personal with Peter Paul... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

It is the only free exhibit in Balboa Park and provides an interesting display of art in essentially four rooms. It is worth a visit as there is some interesting exhibits but you do not need to spend much time here.

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

My wife and I went to this museum while touring San Diego. The art collection is very nice albeit small. The staff at this museum consists of people, who seem to have NO interest in being pleasant and nice to visitors. They were grumpy and indeed one of them was quite rude when we went to retrieve our backpack after... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Free entry! Grrat small collection of mainly 16th to 18th Century Art. Many of the frames marked 'The Putnam Foundation'. Their world renowned Rembrandt is at another venue this year but returns in 2017 with a friend! Photography permitted so I have posted shots of my favourite works. Allow an hour for your visit.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

This is a tiny (free) museum with some great art. As I understand, the art is from private collection and is changed. When I visited, they had a room full of Dutch Masters and a temporary exhibit on loan of Russian art. There are probably 6-8 rooms altogether and I believed I spent close to an hour there. A great... More 

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Burbank, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

The Admission: FREE. This is the only museum that is free in Balboa Park. Very small museum... not much arts displayed. You can check out the museum pretty quick.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

This is quite small but includes lovely artwork and free admission. I recommend popping in for a look around. You can guy a $5 guidebook describing the artwork, which was useful. It wasn't too crowded when we were there (May).

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Orange County, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

If mammoth museums with endless rooms overwhelm you, the Timken Museum may be a refreshing option. Very well designed and managed. Interesting collection. Free.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

This is a nice museum of mostly renaissance art. They own a Rembrandt, but unfortunately it was on loan to another museum. We enjoyed our time here, and the price is the best in the park, Free!

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