The SDMA is the city’s largest art museum. The permanent collection has works by a number of European masters from the renaissance to the modernist eras (though no renowned pieces), American landscape paintings and several fantastic pieces in the Asian galleries; the museum also often has important traveling exhibits. The sculpture garden has works by Alexander Calder and Henry Moore.
Opened in 1926, it was designed by San Diego architect William Templeton Johnson, and the ornate facade depicts Spanish artists, most of whom have pieces inside the museum.
On selected Fridays, the museum is also open between 5pm and 8pm.