San Jose Museum of Art

Downtown San Jose

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Surprising and playful contemporary art dating back to the mid-20th century, including LED light sculpture, photography, and new media

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San Jose Museum of Art

Since 1969, the San Jose Museum of Art has acquired works that define the art of the time. Over the decades, that has included abstract paintings from the mid-20th century, sculptures from Bay Area artists, and new media works that echo the rise of Silicon Valley. Many have been drawn to the museum's artistic cause; in fact, more than 95% of the permanent collection has come from donations.

  • Inside the Rotating Collection: Exhibitions include the immersive video and light installation Beta Space: Diana Thater (through September 13) and Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns (opens August 29), in which 13 international artists explore issues of surveillance and privacy in a post-9/11 world.
  • Hands-On Activities: Visitor photography encouraged; free Art Packs filled with gallery activities; sketching and poem-writing activities
  • The Building: a 19th-century library with a new wing added in 1991 to accommodate the growing collection
  • Pro Tip: the museum stays open late (until 8 p.m.) on the third Thursday of every month
  • Special Programs: free guided tours, artist interviews, and a kids' art camp

Customer Reviews

We were lucky enough to go in the afternoon when the museum offers a docent. Abbie was fantastic! offering so much knowledge, extra information and with a passion that was contagious. she made the experience so unique, thought provoking and interesting. Thank you again for such a wonderful afternoon of exploring modern art! And thank you again Abbie, will look forward to another afternoon spent with you.. exploring new exhibit!
Kay · February 7, 2015
Combine with something else in downtown San Jose to make a good use of your afternoon.
Michael C. · January 5, 2015
This is a great little museum! There is also a very good café in the same building so lunch and the exhibits are a nice outing.
Susan P. · December 1, 2014

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