The SDMA App

Enhance your Museum experience

Hear fascinating stories behind the art, artists, and styles through curator-led videos and custom audio tours. Powered by Guru, the award-winning San Diego Museum of Art App features beacon-enabled technology that interacts with smartphones to show location-specific content as visitors move through the galleries. From historical significance to entertaining factoids, the app provides insight and perspective in the palm of your hand. In addition, users can share with others by posting tips for future visitors, mapping visits ahead of time, and by collecting their favorite works in the “favorites” section of the app. And be sure to check out the augmented reality feature that brings art to life!

The San Diego Museum of Art App (SDMA App) was selected as a winner in the Software, Digital Media, Mobile App Category at CONNECT’s 29th Annual Most Innovative New Product Awards, and most recently, SDMA app developers Guru were awarded a $100,000 funding award from Qualcomm Ventures.

The SDMA App is free and easily downloadable on iOS and Android devices. Upgrade to the premium version to discover even more treasures and secrets waiting to be revealed.


 Gallery Digital Tablets

The Museum is committed to bringing visitors and members new ways to connect with art. One way that this has been achieved is through in-gallery digital experiences using tablets. These interactive displays, integrated into the permanent collection and temporary exhibition galleries, offer visitors rich interpretive content. Designed to enhance the visitor experience, the tablets provide further understanding of the works of art on view.

In the Art of Portraiture gallery, visitors can take a closer look at the details of a sitter’s attire to learn about the history and symbolism represented. The display in the South Asian gallery explores the seven visual keys to reading Indian paintings and the Hindu deities featured in the gallery. While in the Art of Devotion gallery, visitors can discover the process and techniques used to conserve the painting David with Head of Goliath, as well as try their hand as an art detective with the Craquelure identification game.

By mid-2017 these in-gallery digital experiences will be presented in both Spanish and English, continuing the Museum’s commitment to bilingual initiatives.

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 this service & are based upon availability.

Watch the CBS News segment “Robots open up the world of art” here.
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The Beam is generously sponsored by The Thursday Club.

Seeking Technology Leaders

The San Diego Museum of Art is interested in partnering with creative minds to further the arts through technology. If you would like to share your expertise, have ideas to augment current digital assets at the Museum, or would like to participate in the dialogue, please email

Las Patronas
Bernardo Bellotto, The Molo from the Basin of San Marco, Venice, ca. 1740. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam. 1942.132.