All parts of The Museum are accessible to visitors using wheelchairs or mobility equipment. The access ramp entrance is located at the east end of the front of the Museum.

For your convenience, two wheelchairs are available for use while visiting the Museum. They are lent, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. We regret that wheelchairs cannot be reserved in advance, nor may they leave the building.

The Museum offers tours in American Sign Language by special request.
Two weeks notice is required for this service.


Patrons with disabilities that prevent them from visiting in person or educators and schools that want a unique museum tour can now experience the Museum remotely with the use of a computer. The Beam, which the Museum recently purchased thanks to the generous support of the Thursday Club, is a smart telepresence device that uses high-quality audiovisual equipment and a Wi-Fi connection to navigate through galleries by remote control. Now, just by a simple download of software and logging onto the internet, individuals can experience a docent tour of the galleries while located at their own computer. The San Diego Museum of Art is very excited to be one of the first Museums to provide this program.

Beam tours, accompanied by a docent, are available Mondays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m. or 4:00-5:00 p.m. Tours are available in Spanish.  Two weeks notice is required for Beam tours & are based upon availability.

For more information, please email

Watch the KUSI special report on the Beam at The San Diego Museum of Art here.

Watch the CBS News segment “Robots open up the world of art” here.

The Beam is generously sponsored by The Thursday Club.


Social Stories Spectrum Project

From January to December 2017, the Social Stories Spectrum Project provided a structured opportunity for high-functioning verbal young adults (ages 18-25) with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to meet up with their peers and practice social skills, participate in organized trips to seven museums in Balboa Park, and work together to create “social stories” for the museums visited.

Social stories are guides or tools to help prepare individuals with autism for social interaction and public events; in this case, a visit to a museum.

This opportunity was made possible in part through generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR), and the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership.

Social Story (English) PDF

Social Story (Spanish) PDF


Amida Buddha, 17th century. Wood. Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett. 1957.446.