Museum Hours

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.

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Panama 66 in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden is open late 6 nights weekly.
Art After Hours  | *Extended hours and $5 admission on Fridays from 5:00–8:00 p.m. Please check calendar for exceptions due to special events.

Exceptions & Extended Hours

 2018 Holiday Hours (NEW)

In conjunction with the Holiday Food Truck Festival in Balboa Park

Open – Wednesday, December 26, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Open – Thursday, December 27, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Open – Friday, December 28,  including regular Art After Hours, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m

Open – Saturday, December 29, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Open – Sunday, December 30, 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Open – Monday, December 31, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Open – Wednesday, January 2, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Museum Closures

Closed – Friday, December 7, 2018 during the day. Open free from 5:00–9:00 p.m. for December Nights

Closed – Saturday, December 8, 2018 during the day. Open free from 5:00–9:00 p.m. for December Nights

Closed – Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Closed – New Year’s Day – Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Closed – Thursday, April 11, 2019 for Art Alive installation

Closed – Monday, April 15, 2019 for Art Alive deinstallation


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:

•  Members / Free
•  Youth 17 & under* / Free-Sponsored by     
•  College Students, full time with ID** / $8
•  Seniors, 65 and older with ID / $10
•  Military, active, retired with ID / $10
•  Adults / $15

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*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

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

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

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

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Special Offers

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.

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Seasonal Offers

Blue Star Museums: Blue Star Museums are offering free admission to the active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Sponsored by  

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.

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One Day Explorer
Admission to up to 5 Museums for One Day Only
•  Adult (13+) $48 | Purchase Online
•  Child (3-12) $29 | Purchase Online

Multi-Day Explorer
Admission to up to 16 Museums for Seven Consecutive Days
•  Adult (13+) $59 | Purchase Online
•  Child (3-12) $32 | Purchase Online

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.