Timken Museum of Art
The only always-free museum in Balboa Park, the Timken Museum of Art offers a permanent display of European and American masterpieces from the Putnam Foundation Collection. Featuring Russian icons from the 15th Century, tapestries from the 17th Century, and gut-wrenchingly poignant Crucifixion by Murillo, the five-room collection makes for a leisurely art-walk outing. It even has a Rembrandt — a Rembrandt, folks — titled Saint Bartholomew. And The View of Volterra by Jean-Baptiste-Camille. And Eastman Johnson’s The Cranberry Harvest, and Island of Nantucket.
Daily half-hour to hour tours available. Closed on Mondays but open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4:30pm and on Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30pm.
ExhibitsBlessed Beasts and Curious Creatures
Inspired by the San Diego Zoo’s 100th Anniversary, the Timken joins six prominent Balboa Park institutions in a collaboration of animal-themed exhibitions for 2016. The Timken’s exhibition, Blessed Beasts and Curious Creatures: Animal Processionals from the 13th to the 21st Centuries, runs September 23 through December 11 and examines humanity’s changing relationship with animals, nature, and the world through Western art.
|Sunday||1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday||10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday||10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|Friday||10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
- "Rembrandt All Over" · Feb. 24, 2010
- "Best of 2000: Best Free (And Underrated) Museum" · Dec. 28, 2000
- "The Mystery of the Putnam Sisters" · Jan. 31, 1985