Some people get nervous when standing in front of lots of art. A common strategy to overcome this sensation is to look beyond the surface of the canvases and imagine them in their underpaints. Eliminate the need for such anxiety-easing tactics by making friends with art with today’s Groupon, a yearlong Household Membership, two luggage tags, and two additional guest passes to The San Diego Museum of Art (a $99 value). Located in cultural mecca Balboa Park, which boasts 14 other museums, the San Diego Zoo, a golf course, restaurants, biking, hiking, and hover-board trails, The San Diego Museum of Art is the ideal starting or ending point for your next year’s worth of Saturday adventures.
The membership includes the following:
- Free admission for two adults and any children and grandchildren under 18 years of age
- Two more guest passes (so six total with this Groupon)
- Two Museum luggage tags
- 10% discount at the Museum Store
- Use of the Museum art reference library (by appointment only, please call 619-696-1959 to schedule)
- Access to members-only email communications
- Opportunity to join Museum support organizations
- Discounts on Museum programs such as classes, lectures, and films
- Discounted tickets to special events
- Invitations to Members-Only Previews
Permanent exhibitions showcase modern Mexican art, imperial Asian art pieces, and an outdoor sculpture garden. Artists featured include El Greco, Murillo, Giorgione, Rubens, and Van Dyck. The museum also features rare drawings of radical feminist musings, depictions of occult utopias, and scathing interpretations of war. Ascend the steps of The San Diego Museum of Art with Groupon in hand, solve the riddles of the museum guards (the left one is the liar), and let art touch you while resisting the temptation to return the favor.
Must activate membership by 9/16/10.
Fodor’s recommends The San Diego Museum of Art, saying: > * Known primarily for its Spanish baroque and Renaissance paintings, including works by El Greco, Goya, Rubens, and van Ruisdael, San Diego’s most comprehensive art museum also has strong holdings of South Asian art, Indian miniatures, and contemporary California paintings. – Fodor’s
Yelpers and Judy’s Book reviewers give the museum a solid 3.5 stars, Insider Pagers rate it four, and Citysearchers award it a near-perfect 4.5: > * The San Diego Art Museum is a great place to go and take a trip for a day and explore various art forms. A lot of the pieces are simply beautiful and its [sic] amazing to look at such works so closely. – David N., Insider Pages > * The San Diego Museum of Art features, in my opinion, the greatest selection of art. The pieces are very ecletic [sic] and range from great impressionistic pieces to contemporary and cubist art…It’s a great first exposure to art for children, as the museum is more child-friendly than most. – Jon G., Judy’s Book
Images left to right, top to bottom: Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964, lithograph. Museum purchase with funds provided by Mrs. Madeline Goldberg, 2002:7. © 2003 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York. Georgia O’Keeffe, The White Flower (White Trumpet Flower), 1932, oil on canvas. Gift of Inez Grant Parker in memory of Earle W. Grant, 1971:12. © 2003 The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Stuart Davis, New York Elevated, ca.1931, Gouache. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norton S. Walbridge, 1976:201. © Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. William Bouguereau, The Young Shepherdess, 1885, oil on canvas, mounted on board. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. Larsen, 1968:82.
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