The Museum is Temporarily Closing Beginning November 14, 2020

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in San Diego County, the Museum will be temporarily closing beginning Saturday, November 14, 2020, to support San Diego’s efforts toward ensuring a safe and healthy community.

The Museum will be open regular hours on Thursday and Friday, and our Members’ Preview for Masters of Photography: The Garner Collection will continue as scheduled on Friday, November 13, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Not a member? Join today!

The below guidelines will be in effect when we can again reopen the Museum.

Each of us plays a role in a safe reopening and we thank you for your cooperation. Social distancing, face masks, and additional health and safety precautions are critical.

While we are temporarily closed, please continue to enjoy and explore art from home through our extensive Virtual SDMA programming and upcoming calendar of virtual events; connect through our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter channels; and stay tuned for updates by email and via our website.

Thank you for being a vital part of the SDMA community! We look forward to seeing you again soon at the Museum.


Free Admission for First Responders

The Museum is thanking San Diego first responders and frontline workers* by offering free Museum admission through December 31, 2020.

This program is generously sponsored by American Medical Response and SDG&E.

*Museum will provide one complimentary admission for first responders and frontline workers — which are defined as healthcare professionals, protective service workers, janitors and maintenance workers, and delivery and grocery workers — with ID, business card, or other proof of employment.

Enhanced Safety Precautions

There are enhanced safety precautions in place at the Museum. These include

  • Plexiglass is in place at Museum admission and retail locations.
  • Credit and debit card transactions encouraged.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at targeted locations.
  • One-way directional arrows are in effect at select areas of the Museum.
  • Water fountains are shut off.
  • Handheld maps and brochures are not available. Instead, we encourage visitors to use the SDMA app, available for free from the App Store or Google Play.
  • To avoid crowding around individual works of art to read the label, we’ve provided the option to read the gallery labels online.

Know Before You Go

Be prepared for your upcoming visit. New protocols are in place to make your Museum experience pleasurable and safe.

  • Masks are required for all visitors over the age of two per County health guidelines.
  • A non-invasive temperature check is mandatory for all guests visiting the Museum.
  • Total Museum attendance is limited to less than 25 percent of full capacity. Once capacity is reached, groups and individuals will be admitted as others leave the Museum.
  • Museum members receive priority Museum access.
  • Coat check will not be available until further notice. Guests with bags exceeding 16x16x8 will not be permitted entry to the Museum.
  • Guidelines are in effect throughout Balboa Park. Learn more about Balboa Park guidelines.

Even with all efforts and added precautions, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. Therefore, we cannot guarantee you or a member of your group will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit. By visiting The San Diego Museum of Art, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

The San Diego Museum of Art’s PANAMA 66 Restaurant & Bar

Panama 66 is reopening July 1 for grab-and-go food items.

Check the Panama 66 website for their latest information.