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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: Cyanotype Troves

  • Saturday, June 24, 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 "Andrea Chung: You broke the ocean in half to be here." Following your gallery exploration, create an ocean-themed, cyan-blue photographic print inspired by Chung’s work. This program is recommended for families with children ages 5 and older. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis; capacity ... Read more

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

Andrea Chung: You Broke The Ocean In Half To Be Here At MCASDStarts May 19, 2017

Go Tell It: Selections From MCASD's CollectionStarts May 19, 2017

Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie At MCASDStarts December 16, 2016

MCASD: Memories Of UnderdevelopmentStarts September 17, 2017

Prospect 2017Starts May 19, 2017

Family ARTLab: Cyanotype Troves June 24, 2017

eXit pARTy > Changing TidesJune 29, 2017

Made By X > David AdeyJuly 12, 2017

Pop FactoryJuly 29, 2017

Summer C.A.M.P.July 31, 2017

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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