The San Diego museum of art opened on 28th February 1926 as the museum of fine art. It is located in the Balboa Park. The museum is the regions oldest and the largest art museum. It is located in El Prado Balboa Park in San Diego California.
The museumís collections include a good selection of old European masters, 19th and 20th century American art, a wide Asian collection and growing collections of contemporary and Latin American art. Other than these, the museum organizes major art exhibitions from all around the world, as well as an extensive schedule of supporting cultural and educational programs. The museum is widely known for its collection of Spanish baroque paintings and for its vast collection of Indian paintings. In the category of American collection includes works by Georgia O'Keeffe and Thomas Eakins.
Out of its vast collection only small amount of the 12,000 pieces permanent collection is on display. In summer 2006, the museum organized its blockbuster exhibition of Andy Warholís Dream America.
This exhibition presented the overview of the pop art masterís career. The Museum's collections are varied in nature with different pieces dated from 5, 000 B.C. to 2001 A.D. Another major attraction of the museum is its Spanish collections by Zurbaran, Murillo, Ribera and El Greco.
There are also great works by some of Italian masters like the Giotto, Giorgione, Luini, Veronese, and Canaletto. The museum also has good collection of works by some North European Schools like works by Rubens, Hals and van Dyck. The collections include art works which are organized by museum departments. There are great artist works, subject oriented art and many encyclopedic collections.
The museum remains open on all days between Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Thursday the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It remains closed on Mondays and other days like Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Yearís Day.