Affectionately called San Diego’s jewel box of fine art, the Timken Museum of Art is home to the Putnam Foundation’s globally-important collection of European old masters, 19th century American art and Russian icons. The collection also includes the only Rembrandt painting on public display in San Diego. This fine museum provides visitors with an accessible and enriching cultural experience featuring a beautiful collection, intimate surroundings, perennially free admission.
The Timken Museum of Art is located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Balboa Park. Our exceptional collection, free admission, public programs, and art education place the Timken in a unique position to serve the public and drive appreciation of fine art. Our goal is to assist and enrich the experiences of a variety of audiences by providing access and interpretation to art in an educational, cultural, and recreational way.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Free Virtual Talk – Holbein: Capturing Character
Hans Holbein the Younger was among the most skilled, versatile, and inventive artists of the 16th century. He created captivating portraits of courtiers, merchants, scholars, and statesmen in Basel, Switzerland, and later in England, as court pain.
PAGEANT of the MASTERS
JOIN US for our first-ever Travel Experience to the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach! Sit back, relax and leave the driving to us while we visit one of the most renowned art events in the world.
Virtual Talk – Oh, the Places I’ve Been! Travel Paintings from the Timken
What inspires an artist? There are countless possibilities to answer this question, all as individual as the artists themselves
Visit Timken Museum of Art
1500 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Wednesdays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1500 El Prado, San Diego, CA