San Jose Museum of Art

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The San Jose Museum of Art is Purple House Blog Museum of the Month.

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I enjoyed my visit to the San Jose Museum of Art and would recommend it to anyone.  A docent there told me that the oldest piece of art that they own is from 1959, so although they don’t call themselves a contemporary art museum, they only display new art.

Exhibits

The museum is mostly comprised of temporary exhibits with added pieces from their permanent collection.  The museum could take on a whole new look and feel with each traveling exhibit.  The main two exhibits Hidden Heroes and Around the Table were fantastic!

Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things

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This exhibit told the history of household items using vintage commercials and print ads.  The creatively decorated exhibit boxes were as innovative as the inventions they displayed.

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Around the Table

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I thought an art exhibit about food would be boring, but the pieces were surprising and creative.  The exhibit even smelled of food.  Fantastic!

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Information about the museum

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Tickets: Adults $8, Students and Seniors $5, Children (six & under) Free, Museum members Free

Hours: TUES– SUN 11 AM – 5 PM,  CLOSED MON

Tours: Public tours of exhibitions are offered Tuesday–Sunday at 1 and 2:30PM.

Location: The museum is located in downtown San Jose at 110 South Market Street.

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Parking: The museum does not have its own parking lot.  You must park in one of the many public parking spots in downtown San Jose.

Photography: Non-flash photography is only permitted in: lobby, café and skybridge landing.

Time allowance: I was there for less than two hours.  You may need more or less depending on your museum going style.

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Gift shop: There is a nice gift shop at the San Jose art museum. It’s on the small side, however.  I wanted to buy a postcard of some artwork that I saw in the Around the Table exhibit and I couldn’t find anything in the gift shop.  I did notice that they had some cool jewelry and housewares by local artists.

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Cafe: There is a cafe in the museum that serves sandwiches, salad, and soup.  I had a nice cup of coffee and a warm cherry turnover.

Ice Skating: They set up an ice skating rink in front of the museum in late November.  They sell joint museum and skating tickets at the museum.

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Photos come from the San Jose Museum of Art website.

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