Affectionately called San Diego’s “jewel box” of fine art, the Timken Museum of Art in historic Balboa Park is home to the Putnam Foundation’s world-class collection of European and American masterpieces and Russian icons. Located on the Plaza de Panama, it is the only art museum in the park with free admission! 

Timken visitors are treated to art without barriers. Named one of the finest small art museums in the world, the Timken’s scale encourages guests to take their time, to explore and look closely at centuries of artistic genius.

Museum Hours
Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m.

Closed Mondays and the following major holidays: 

New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.


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Museum Address
1500 El Prado, Balboa Park 
San Diego, CA 92101

Administrative Offices
2550 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500 
San Diego, CA  92103

For general information:
619.239.5548 or