Monday | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday | Closed.
Thursday | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday | 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.*
Saturday | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday | noon to 5:00 p.m.
The May S. Marcy Sculpture Court & Garden opens at 11:00 a.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. weekends.
Panama 66 in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden is open late 6 nights weekly.
The Museum will be open with free admission all day from 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 in celebration of Art Museum Day.
Exceptions & Extended Hours
Closed – Wednesday, December 25, 2019 for Christmas Day
Closed – Wednesday, January 1, 2020 for New Year’s Day
Tickets include same-day admission to The San Diego Museum of Art and are available for purchase online or in person at the time of your visit. Admission to the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden is free. Have questions regarding your visit? Click here for answers.
General Admission Prices:
Please note: Due to the staff and logistics necessary for the installation of Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain, there is an additional charge ($5) to view this exhibition for nonmembers, ages 7+. Members 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.
**College students with ID receive free admission from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Fridays during Art After Hours.
Groups & Event Ticketing
We welcome social, professional, family, religious, and all other groups to view the wonders of The San Diego Museum of Art. Self-Guided groups (minimum of 10 paying people) require a reservation and payment 14-days in advance. For groups requesting a Docent guided tour a reservation 21-days in advance of your visit. For all groups we request one adult chaperone for every ten children under the age of 15.
Groups of 10 or more receive discounted admission prices. Please call the Group Sales office at (619) 696-1935, or contact us at email@example.com.
Benefits of group tours include:
- Discounted and priority ticketing for special exhibitions and the Museum’s collections
- Free gallery tours (based on availability); a minimum 3 weeks advance notice is required
Our refund and cancellation policy can be found on the bottom of the FAQ page here.
Resident Free Tuesday
The San Diego Museum of Art offers free admission to San Diego County Residents (with ID) on the third Tuesday of every month. A valid ID is required for admission, and certain restrictions apply as these days tend to be busy. We ask that you not bring food, beverages, backpacks, or other oversized items. Coat check has limited space and when it’s full, you must wait until space becomes available to check items.
Blue Star Museums: Blue Star Museums are offering free admission to the active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, starting on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 2019 through Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019. Free admission is offered for up to five family members. Please note this offer does not include the additional surcharge for admission into the exhibition Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain.
Balboa Park Explorer
Stay for the day, or explore Balboa Park year-round. Purchase a one-day, weeklong, or annual Explorer Pass, or consider becoming a Museum member for additional benefits and special access to Museum programs.
Museums for All
Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to offer a signature access program that encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.
General museum admission is $3.00 for individuals and families presenting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, and a valid form of photo ID. Admission includes up to four individuals per EBT card. For more information about this program, click here.