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.
The museum houses the world-class Putnam Foundation Collection of European Old Masters, 19th Century 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 Mid-Century Modern building was designed by San Diego architect Frank Hope, Jr.