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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Downtown

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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.

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

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 events at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Downtown

Free Third Thursday

Date Thursday, September 17, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost Free buy tickets
Age limit All ages
Event Time Category

Film Screening: ‘The Impossible Railroad’

Thursday, Sep. 17
6 p.m. Arts
Event Time Category

An Outside Perspective: Imagining The Impossible Railroad

Thursday, Oct. 1
6 p.m. Arts

Field Trip: Campo To Tecate

Saturday, Oct. 3
10:30 a.m. Arts

Past events