The Timken’s simple elegant building, opened to the public in 1965, was designed to showcase the collection to the greatest advantage.
The midcentury modern building, designed by Frank Hope and Associates, is located in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama and is considered the second most important midcentury building in San Diego, after Louis Kahn’s iconic Salk Institute.
The Timken’s scale provides visitors with an accessible cultural experience that allows for the discovery of the collection in an intimate setting. Visitors are treated to art without barriers, and, with daily free admission, are encouraged to take their time and explore centuries of artistic genius.
The collection features masterworks that cover over 700 years of history and a tour de force of artists that include Rembrandt, Jacques-Louis David, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Petrus Christus, and John Singleton Copley. Ranging from 14th-century altarpieces through 18th-century portraits and landscapes to 19th-century still life paintings, the collection is superb. The Timken is considered one of the finest small museums in the world.
The Timken is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. Admission is always free.