The San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) began in 1969, when a concerned group of local citizens banded together to prevent the demolition of an historic 19th century library building in downtown San Jose. An art gallery was started that would grow over several decades to become one of the region’s foremost modern art institutions.
The permanent collection has over 2000 pieces of art created in the 20th and 21st centuries, and continues to evolve and acquire new works, reflecting especially the contributions of American West Coast artists. Exhibitions explore common themes among works from the permanent collection, and feature traveling collections and works on loan. Interactive art works and programs are designed to actively engage the interest of the public in the process and meaning of modern creativity.
The SJMA is also the largest provider of arts education in Santa Clara County, offering a wide variety of workshops, classes and outreach programs for art enthusiasts of all ages.
San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) Information
- Public Transportation: Good (accessible by bus and light rail, with Cal Train access as well)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Closed Mondays, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, and New Year’s Day
- Admission: Adults, $8; Students/Seniors, $5; Members/Children 6 & under, free
- Tours: Public docent-led tours of the Museum’s exhibitions are offered Wednesday-Sunday at 1 pm and 2:30 pm; Private tours are available for groups of six or more, and require at least three weeks advance notice to schedule
- Membership: Individual annual membership is $50 ($65 ‘Young Professional’, $75 Dual/Family); benefits include free admission for member + one guest, exhibition previews and special events, discounts to programs and lectures and discounts at Museum Store and Café.