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 on a first come first served basis while visiting the museum. They are lent, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk. Please have a driver’s license available for holding. We regret that wheelchairs cannot be reserved in advance, nor may they leave the building.


Complimentary admission for a caretaker with a paid guest.

Service Animals

We welcome you to bring your service animal into the museum.

Social Stories Spectrum Project

Beginning in January 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


Tours in Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian, Dutch, Italian, Danish, or American Sign Language is available by special request, depending upon availability of a bilingual docent. Three weeks advance notice is required for this service. Please email


ADA accessible restrooms in the Rotunda & Gallery 15.

Assistive Listening Devices

The Museum is pleased to offer assistive listening devices at all screenings and lectures. Devices include a personal headset with adjustable volume setting. Limited quantity available; patrons are encouraged to call the Museum in advance of the event to reserve a device.


The San Diego Museum of Art mobile app is a great resource with various languages, audio from curators, maps, self guided tours, and additional information on the paintings.

Download the App on iTunes
Download the App on Google Play


A Virtual Tour with The BEAM

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.

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