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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Downtown

Photo: View from Kettner Blvd. of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Building (left) and David C. Copley Building (right) at MCASD in Downtown. Photograph by Philipp Scholz Rittermann

The expanded Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown, provides San Diego and the binational region with a new dynamic cultural venue, allowing the Museum to serve many more visitors with contemporary art exhibitions and public programs for adults as well as children. Combined with the existing MCASD Downtown facility across the street at 1001 Kettner Blvd., the expanded MCASD Downtown has more than 16,000 square feet of exhibition space—featuring light-filled galleries and large spaces to present site-specific work—as well as a new lecture hall and education room for hands-on, interactive art activities.

The Richard Gluckman -designed project features a thoughtful renovation of the 1915 Santa Fe Depot baggage building (the Jacobs Building) and a new three-story structure (the Copley Building). The international lineup of commissioned and opening artists includes Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Roman de Salvo, Jenny Holzer, Ernesto Neto, Richard Serra, and Richard Wright. Completed in January 2007, the three-building facility of MCASD Downtown, along with MCASD La Jolla, provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the community.

General Admission $10
Seniors $5
Students 26 and over (with ID) $5; 25 and under Free (with ID)
Military Free (with ID)
MCASD Members Free
The Museum is free on the third Thursday of every month from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Admission is valid for 7 days at all MCASD locations.
Free Museum admission third Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m

MCASD Downtown does not have a parking lot, however public garages are nearby. Metered street parking is also available.

Upcoming event at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Downtown

Family ArtLAB: 'Prospect 2018'

  • Saturday, June 23, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Take part in a Look/Explore tour and let our Gallery Educators lead you and your family in lively conversation about the exhibition "Prospect 2018" at the Family ArtLAB. Following your gallery exploration, join us for an art-making workshop inspired by the work on view in the galleries. This program is recommended for families with children ages five and older. Tickets: - Members and Military Families: Free - Non-Member Families: $15 ... Read more

All upcoming events at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Downtown

MCASD's Prospect 2018Starts April 19, 2018

Mowry Baden: I Walk The LineStarts April 19, 2018

Sadie Barnette: Dear 1968, ...Starts April 19, 2018

Summer C.A.M.P. 2018Starts July 30, 2018

Yve Laris Cohen: Meeting GroundStarts April 19, 2018

Family ArtLAB: 'Prospect 2018'June 23, 2018

Exit Party At The Museum Of Contemporary ArtJune 28, 2018

Past events

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Business hours

Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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