San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose

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The San José Museum of Art (SJMA) is a modern and contemporary art museum in downtown San Jose, California, United States. Founded in 1969, the museum holds a permanent collection with an emphasis on West Coast artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is located at Circle of Palms Plaza, beside Plaza de César Chávez. A member of North American Reciprocal Museums, SJMA has received several awards from the American Alliance of Museums.
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  • New to modern art, I very much appreciated the tour guides and their help in approaching the exhibits. A+ for them and for the work of the museum.  more »
  • Great experience. When we went kids under 17 were free and if you an educator you can get in for free as well. Good exhibits, that adults and kids enjoy together.  more »
  • I want to give this place more stars because I really support art, especially in my city. But our experience was just okay. The museum is very small, but very beautiful on the inside. The architecture is lovely and the flow is nice. Unfortunately, when we went, several of the display rooms were closed for new installations. Which made it even smaller. :( Upstairs, there was a really bizarre exhibit of modern art. It was cool to see something different, and it was very well presented, but it was a bit dark and twisted for my liking. I would love to come back when there's an artist that I like displaying their work.
  • This museum will delight you! There are numerous excellent exhibits throughout the year with lots of space in which to roam. The docents are helpful or one can go it alone and use written guides for information. The Cafe is in the original museum which I've been told was a post office before that! The food has been consistently fair.I love the museum gift shop which has a variety of artistic items to purchase and an interesting variety of choices within each category.The location is excellent with many kinds of restaurants nearby. The Lite Rail, Theatres, Movies, Bars. etc., are all within walking distance of the museum. Invest a day visiting this San Jose Treasure. Better yet, become a member! No fee if you are a member and certain memberships (not expensive) allow a member to bring a guest for free.

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