The San Jose Museum of Art is an art museum in Downtown San Jose, California, USA. Founded in 1969, the museum hosts a large permanent collection emphasizing West Coast artists of the 20th- and 21st-century. It is located next to the Circle Of Palms Plaza and Plaza de César Chávez park.
The museum's historic wing was originally designed by architect Willoughby J. Edbrooke and built as the San Jose post office in 1892, then served as the city's library from 1937 to 1969. The building was then converted by The Fine Arts Gallery Association, reopening as the "Civic Art Gallery". In 1972 the building was named a California Historical Landmark (#854), and in 1973 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The "New Wing", comprising the majority of the current exhibition space, opened in 1991.
Many of the changing exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art focus on the West Coast and California. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, a great many exhibitions are centered on the intersection of art and technology. Exhibitions and individual installations typically remain on view between 4 to 6 months.
The Museum is open from 11 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Public tours are available for visitors at 1:00 PM on weekdays and at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM on weekends, and also by appointment. Guided school tours tied to classroom curriculum are also available by appointment.