Considered one of the finest small museums in the United States, the Timken houses the world-class Putnam Foundation Collection of European old master paintings, American paintings, and Russian icons. Artists represented include Rembrandt, Rubens, Fragonard, Bierstadt, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, John Singleton Copley, and Eastman Johnson. The Timken's modern, white marble building was designed by San Diego architect Frank Hope, Jr. The museum hosts special exhibitions and admission is always free.
Tues. - Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sun. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Closed month of September and major holidays.
Timken Museum of Art
1500 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, California 92101
Directions & Parking:
The museum is located near downtown San Diego in Balboa Park. The Timken is in Balboa Park?s Plaza de Panama, directly across the Prado from the Balboa Park Visitors Center, and adjacent to the Botanical Building, Lily Pond, and the San Diego Museum of Art. There is a small parking lot directly in front of the museum, and signage will direct you to other lots.
From Interstate 5
Approaching downtown San Diego from I5 South, exit Sassafras Street (also the Airport exit). You will exit onto Kettner Boulevard. Continue south on Kettner about 1 mile, take a left on Laurel Street (get into the far right lane when you turn left), and go up the very steep hill. Laurel Street turns into El Prado, which will take you into Balboa Park.
Approaching downtown San Diego from I5 North, take the 6th Avenue exit, turn right on 6th, and right on El Prado.
From Interstate 163
If going south on 163, exit University Avenue, go through the light at University and proceed about 1/2 mile to El Prado. Take a left on El Prado and follow the signs to parking.
Tips & Suggestions
Docent tours designed to introduce visitors to the Timken?s Putnam Foundation Collection are offered on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and every 3rd Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. These tours are open to the public, offered free of charge, and can be 1/2-hour to 1-hour long, depending on the visitor?s schedule.
To arrange a private or group tour, contact Education Director at (619) 239-5548 x100. Requests for special tours must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Phone: (619) 239 5548