FAQ

Are children welcome?

Children of all ages will find The San Diego Museum of Art to be a fun and fascinating place to explore. The Museum offers special programs just for children and families. 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.

Can I take photos or videos?

We encourage our visitors to share their experiences and photos with friends. For that reason, still, non-flash photography of objects in the Museum’s permanent collection is permitted for private use only. Photographs may not be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner. Flash photography, the use of tripods, monopods, extension sticks (also known as selfie sticks), and the use of movie or video cameras are prohibited.

Please also note that photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or in areas designated, “No Photography.” Please check for the ‘“No Photography Allowed’” symbol at gallery entrances, or on a work of art’s label. If you’re not sure if photography is permitted, please ask a Museum Attendant.

Do you have access for visitors with disabilities?

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.

What are your hours?

We are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. We are open late on Friday nights until 8 p.m. (exceptions due to special events). The Museum is closed on Wednesdays.

Can I bring a pet?

With the exception of assistance animals, pets are not allowed in the Museum.

How can I contact someone at the Museum?

You may contact us at 619.232.7931 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or you may contact us via e-mail at info@sdmart.org.

What do I get with general admission?

General admission covers our permanent collection and non-ticketed special exhibitions.  We also offer a variety of programs that are free after admission including docent tours, our mobile app, ArtStops, Family Drop-in Days, and more.

Do you have a store?

The Museum Store stocks San Diego’s most comprehensive selection of art books. Browse the exquisite jewelry, beautiful gifts, uncommon home décor, creative toys and find the unexpected. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or a piece of the Museum to call your own, The Museum Store has something for everyone. Bibliotique is the Museum’s second store, which is located in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court. Offering unique and innovative items, Bibliotique focuses on the creatively inclined with an emphasis on San Diego culture (arts and design, surf, skate and craft beer). Proceeds from every sale benefit the Museum’s educational and exhibition programs.

What are the membership levels and benefits?

Membership starts at $50 and offers many benefits. Visit our Membership page for more information.

Where should I park and how much does it cost?

We are located in the heart of Balboa Park with many options for parking at no cost.

How can I get to the Museum on public transportation?

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) provides easy access from downtown and Mission Valley.

How much time should I allow to view the Museum?

Stop for a few minutes or spend the day—there’s always something new to view or experience.

What is the dress code?

There is no formal dress code, but we suggest casual sportswear and comfortable walking shoes. Special events held at the Museum may suggest more formal attire.

Do you allow food or drinks?

No food or drinks are allowed in the gallery spaces.

Is there a restaurant or café at the Museum?

Panama 66, the Museum’s restaurant, is located in our Sculpture Court and features craft beer and fresh casual fare sourced locally for the whole family.

Do you have any guided tours or audio tours?

We offer docent tours throughout the day. Visit the schedule here. We offer a free mobile app that has 200 insider stories about our works of art, 15+ hours of video content, several augmented reality experiences, and much more. We offer ArtStops led by an educator or curator at noon the third Tuesday of every month.. Ask at the Visitor Relations desk for availability.

Are there signature works of art that I cannot miss?

We have wide range of artworks from all time periods and all around the globe. Visit our Collection Highlights page to look at staff picks and vote for your favorite, then come in to see them in person.

Do you offer any senior, student, or military discounts?

We are pleased to offer discounts to seniors, full-time college students and military personnel. All children 17 and under are free. Visit the Hours and Admissions for a full list of prices, discounts, and offers.

Do you allow the use of cell phones?

The use of cell phones for phone calls is limited to the lobby areas of the Museum.

What is proper museum etiquette?

We ask that our visitors refrain from running in the Museum, touching the works of art, or speaking in a loud manner. Courtesy to fellow visitors and protection of the works of art is the goal.

What is the 12-inch rule?

Twelve inches is a comfortable “buffer” zone when viewing works of art.

What is currently on view?

The San Diego Museum of Art’s permanent collection is all-encompassing, with objects from across the globe, and ranging in date from 5000 BC to the present. Perhaps best known for its Spanish old master paintings, the Museum holds a broad collection of European, American, Latin American, and Asian Art.  We also regularly have special exhibitions on view.  See what’s on view here.

What is the Museum's policy on rights and reproductions?

Rights and reproductions requests are handled by Bridgeman Art Images. View the Museum’s full rights and reproduction policy document.

Does the Museum appraise works of art?

The staff of the San Diego Museum of Art do not provide appraisals of works of art for insurance or sales purposes. Please consult the following for referrals to appropriate resources. The inclusion of organizations and individuals on this list is not an endorsement by the San Diego Museum of Art but is offered as a courtesy to those seeking information.

National Institute of Appraisers
73450 Country Club Dr. #181
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: (800) 676-2148
www.appraiseroffineart.com

American Society of Appraisers
P.O. Box 17265
Washington, D.C. 20041
Phone: (800) 272-8258
www.appraisers.org            

Appraisers Association of America
386 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 889-5404, ext.11
www.appraisersassoc.org
Auction Houses

Bonhams
7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: (323) 850-7500
www.Bonhams.com

Christie’s
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 636-2000
www.christies.com

Sotheby’s
1334 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (541) 312-5682
www.sothebys.com

Are works of art for sale?

The Museum of Art does not sell works of art.

Do you have events?

We offer a wide selection of lectures, programs, and social events throughout the year. Visit our Calendar page for details on upcoming events, or to sort by event type.  The Museum is also available as a venue for private events.

Do you offer field trips or educational programs?

We offer many educational programs and opportunities for school tours throughout the year, as well as educational resources for teachers and educators. We serve children, adults, educators, and families in the San Diego area through educational and interpretive programs and performances in the Museum’s galleries, classrooms, and auditorium, and through outreach programs in the community.

Do you offer group discounts?

We offer discounts for groups of 10 or more when arranged and paid for in advance. Visit our Group Visits page for more information on the pricing and benefits available for groups.

Do you accommodate large groups?

We can accommodate groups of all sizes. Please visit our Group Visits page for more information.

Where can I purchase admission?

Admission tickets may be purchase at the door or online.

Do you accommodate different languages?

All exhibition information is available in English and Spanish. Other languages can be accommodated with advance notice. Contact info@sdmart.org to make arrangements.

What can I leave at coat check?

Room permitting, you may check umbrellas, backpacks, baby carriers, food or beverage, and other items not allowed in the galleries.

Do you have a lost and found?

Lost or found items may be turned in or claimed through our Security Department. To speak with a representative, call 619.232.7931.