Art is magical and San Diego is no stranger to magic. We have an amazing city for art, artists, communities and activities. So much so, you’ll have to wait for our awesome San Diego art guide to come out to get all the info! But to whet your appetite in the meantime, make sure you enjoy these top 8 spots for art in San Diego:
- Oceanside Museum of Art. All locals and visitors must go to OMA. The Museum has a great schedule of modern and contemporary art shows (with many being regional profiles) and they frequently do exhibits outside their walls for a bigger reach into the community.
- Mingei International Museum. Known as a folk art museum but the term doesn’t do the Mingei justice. We love the Mingei’s shows involving art from different time periods, from around the world, including surfboards, masks, design pieces and more cool exhibits.
- Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Two locations (Downtown and La Jolla) of contemporary art and every show is intriguing! Plus, everyone 25 and under are free all the time and we think that’s so great.
- Museum of Photographic Arts. Best photography museum in San Diego and it has one of the best photo collections around the country. Plus a great central location in Balboa Park that can’t be beat.
- San Diego Museum of Art. The best collection of art in San Diego and your chance to see some world-class art in America’s finest city. The permanent collection includes European masters, Asian art, Oceanic art and everything in between.
- Spanish Village. We love this artist community because it’s full of studios that inspire and educate all who enter. The free studios include galleries, shops and workshops–events held in this area of Balboa Park are the best and so are the colorful brick walkways.
- Timken Museum. The best free museum in San Diego. For Rennaissance, Russian and classical art, this is your go-to in Balboa Park. Plus, it holds the only permanent Rembrandt in San Diego.
- University of California San Diego. Our colleges have amazing art and we absolutely love the accessibility of UCSD’s art. Art is everywhere around campus in forms of sculptures, mosaics, signs, artifacts, etc. The Stuart Collection and Dr. Seuss Collection (in the Geisel Library) are the best.