The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum, provides a rich and diverse cultural experience for nearly 250,000 visitors annually. Located in the heart of beautiful Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned permanent collection includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures.
In addition, the Museum regularly features major exhibitions from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule of supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults. Exhibition text is always in English and Spanish. The Museum’s research library offers access to an extensive collection of art history publications.
The San Diego Museum of Art’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and display the finest works of art that men and women have created throughout time for the benefit of the broadest conceivable audience. In 2015, the Museum will celebrate 100 years of Art in Balboa Park and the Centennial Celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The original inspiration for a permanent public art gallery in San Diego can be traced to the Panama-California Exposition. As part of the 2015 Centennial Celebration, The San Diego Museum of Art is proposing an ambitious multi-year exhibition and program plan that works to celebrate the history of art in Balboa Park and will secure our place as one of the leading cultural venues. More than 75 full-time and part-time employees ensure the smooth operation of the Museum, guided by the leadership of a 37- member Board of Trustees. In 2010, Roxana Velasquez Martinez del Campo assumed leadership of the Museum as its eighth executive director. Dr. Velasquez brings a wealth of expertise and an international reputation earned as director of three major national museums in Mexico City. The Museum is supported by its Board of Trustees, members, donors, foundations, corporations, support organizations, countless volunteers and our visitors. Additional support is provided by the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.