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Holidays at the Museum

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Holidays at the Museum

Location: The San Diego Museum of Art

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December 2–December 31
Closed Wednesdays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day


Visit the Museum with loved ones this holiday season to be inspired by art and discover new treasures. Enjoy art, food, and shopping, plus see the Museum rotunda adorned with poinsettias throughout December.

  • Holiday Shopping: Find your own work of art to take home from The Museum Store. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s year-round schedule of exhibitions and educational programs. See what’s new at The Museum Store.
  • Artisan Showcases: Visit The Museum Store throughout the season for special artisan showcases featuring one-of-a-kind items from the following talented designers.
  • Winter Wonderland Member Shopping Event: Join us Wednesday, December 8, 4:00–7:00 p.m. for a festive after-hours members-only holiday shopping experience.
  • Taste of December Nights returns to Balboa Park as a drive-through event this year. Enjoy this celebration of the season on December 4 and 5. See the City of San Diego website for Taste of December Nights updates and details. Five lucky guests throughout the weekend will receive four complimentary admission vouchers to the Museum.
  • Dine Among Art: Enjoy outdoor dining at Panama 66, The San Diego Museum of Art restaurant located in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court. Take in views of the Museum’s sculpture garden and enjoy local craft beers on tap, exhibitions-themed cocktails, and locally sourced seasonal sandwiches, salads, and entrees.
  • Gift the Museum Experience: Tickets to the Museum make great gifts and stocking stuffers. Give the gift of art. Purchase Museum tickets online or in-person at the Museum Visitor Relations admissions desk.
  • Gift Museum Membership: Share your love of the Museum and give the gift that lasts all year! Member benefits include free admission, invitation to members-only events, early access to exhibitions, complimentary access to the Art Alive 2022 floral exhibition, and discounts at The Museum Store and Panama 66 restaurant. Starting at $50, a gift membership begins a year of inspiration, experience, and art education. Gift a Museum membership.


Prepare for Your Visit

  • We are located in the heart of Balboa Park with many options for parking at no cost. See the Balboa Park parking lots map for parking options.
  • The Museum is great for all ages and youth 17 and under always receive free admission. Children younger than 14 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (age 18 years or older) at all times. We request one adult chaperone for every ten children under the age of 15.
  • Masks are strongly recommended for all visitors. Masks are required indoors for visitors not fully vaccinated, including youth ages three and older. Learn more.
  • Guided tours are offered daily. Free with Museum admission.


Explore a world of art, beauty, history and more at The San Diego Museum of Art this holiday season!


December 2, 2021


The San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92102 United States
(619) 232-7931

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