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Museum of Photographic Arts

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Business hours

Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The mission of the Museum of Photographic Arts is to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film and video.

Since its founding in 1983, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) has been devoted to collecting, conserving and exhibiting the entire spectrum of the photographic medium. The museum’s endeavors consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through its exhibitions and public tours.

The Museum of Photographic Arts is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is a member-supported, private, non-profit institution. Additional support for museum programs is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, the Weingart-Price Fund, the San Diego Foundation, Patrons of the Prado and the National Endowment for the Arts.

MOPA is located in Balboa Park in the Casa De Balboa building, east of the main traffic circle and central fountain.

Gallery Admissions:
MOPA has a pay-what-you-wish admission policy. Recommended pricing is:
$8 adults
$7 seniors and retired military
$6 students
FREE to members, active military & dependants, and children 12 & under
FREE to school groups with advanced reservation

San Diego Residents' Free Tuesdays
San Diego City and County residents and all active military members get in FREE, every 2nd TUESDAY of the month. Please bring your ID.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Summer Hours:
Thursday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm through the summer.


Closed: Mondays, Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Holiday Hours: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (Includes: President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)

Upcoming events at Museum of Photographic Arts

Ongoing events at Museum of Photographic Arts

Event Time Category

'America's Cathedrals: Photography And The National Parks'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'America's Cathedrals: Photography And The National Parks'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'America's Cathedrals: Photography And The National Parks'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'America's Cathedrals: Photography And The National Parks'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'America's Cathedrals: Photography And The National Parks'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'America's Cathedrals: Photography And The National Parks'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Beauty And The Beast: The Animal In Photography'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Beauty And The Beast: The Animal In Photography'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Beauty And The Beast: The Animal In Photography'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Beauty And The Beast: The Animal In Photography'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Beauty And The Beast: The Animal In Photography'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Beauty And The Beast: The Animal In Photography'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Book Drive At MoPA

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Charity

Book Drive At MoPA

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Charity

Book Drive At MoPA

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Charity

Book Drive At MoPA

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Charity

Book Drive At MoPA

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Charity

Book Drive At MoPA

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Charity

Edward Steichen: The Early Years

Every Sunday
noon - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Edward Steichen: The Early Years

Every Tuesday
noon - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Edward Steichen: The Early Years

Every Wednesday
noon - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Edward Steichen: The Early Years

Every Thursday
noon - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Edward Steichen: The Early Years

Every Friday
noon - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Edward Steichen: The Early Years

Every Saturday
noon - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'Eyes Of A Nation: A Century Of American Photography'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Eyes Of A Nation: A Century Of American Photography'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Eyes Of A Nation: A Century Of American Photography'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Eyes Of A Nation: A Century Of American Photography'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Eyes Of A Nation: A Century Of American Photography'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Eyes Of A Nation: A Century Of American Photography'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Flor Garduño: 'Trilogy'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Flor Garduño: 'Trilogy'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Flor Garduño: 'Trilogy'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Flor Garduño: 'Trilogy'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Flor Garduño: 'Trilogy'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Flor Garduño: 'Trilogy'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Infinite Balance' At MOPA

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Infinite Balance' At MOPA

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Infinite Balance' At MOPA

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Infinite Balance' At MOPA

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Infinite Balance' At MOPA

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Infinite Balance' At MOPA

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Exhibit: Self/Reflection: 10th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Exhibit: Self/Reflection: 10th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Exhibit: Self/Reflection: 10th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Exhibit: Self/Reflection: 10th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Exhibit: Self/Reflection: 10th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Exhibit: Self/Reflection: 10th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Exhibit: The Time Between: The Sequences Of Minor White

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Exhibit: The Time Between: The Sequences Of Minor White

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Exhibit: The Time Between: The Sequences Of Minor White

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Exhibit: The Time Between: The Sequences Of Minor White

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Exhibit: The Time Between: The Sequences Of Minor White

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Exhibit: The Time Between: The Sequences Of Minor White

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA: Lunchtime Art Talks

Every Friday
noon - 12:15 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents '7 billion Others' Multimedia Exhibit

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents '7 billion Others' Multimedia Exhibit

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents '7 billion Others' Multimedia Exhibit

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents '7 billion Others' Multimedia Exhibit

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents '7 billion Others' Multimedia Exhibit

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents '7 billion Others' Multimedia Exhibit

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents Jessica Lange - 'Unseen' Exhibition

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents Jessica Lange - 'Unseen' Exhibition

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents Jessica Lange - 'Unseen' Exhibition

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents Jessica Lange - 'Unseen' Exhibition

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents Jessica Lange - 'Unseen' Exhibition

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents Jessica Lange - 'Unseen' Exhibition

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'My City, Your City'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'My City, Your City'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'My City, Your City'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'My City, Your City'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'My City, Your City'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'My City, Your City'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'Seeing Is Believing?'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'Seeing Is Believing?'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'Seeing Is Believing?'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'Seeing Is Believing?'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'Seeing Is Believing?'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'Seeing Is Believing?'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'Staking Claim: A California Invitational'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'Staking Claim: A California Invitational'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'Staking Claim: A California Invitational'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'Staking Claim: A California Invitational'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'Staking Claim: A California Invitational'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Presents 'Staking Claim: A California Invitational'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA's 30th Birthday Celebration!

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA's 30th Birthday Celebration!

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA's 30th Birthday Celebration!

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA's 30th Birthday Celebration!

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA's 30th Birthday Celebration!

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA's 30th Birthday Celebration!

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

MOPA Summer Camp: From Darkroom To Digital (Grades 9-12)

Every Monday
9 a.m. - noon Arts

MOPA Summer Camp: From Darkroom To Digital (Grades 9-12)

Every Tuesday
9 a.m. - noon Arts

MOPA Summer Camp: From Darkroom To Digital (Grades 9-12)

Every Wednesday
9 a.m. - noon Arts

MOPA Summer Camp: From Darkroom To Digital (Grades 9-12)

Every Thursday
9 a.m. - noon Arts

MOPA Summer Camp: From Darkroom To Digital (Grades 9-12)

Every Friday
9 a.m. - noon Arts

Museum of Photographic Art Presents "Beloved Daughters"

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. KPBS Arts Briefs

Museum of Photographic Art Presents "Beloved Daughters"

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. KPBS Arts Briefs

Museum of Photographic Art Presents "Beloved Daughters"

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. KPBS Arts Briefs

Museum of Photographic Art Presents "Beloved Daughters"

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. KPBS Arts Briefs

Museum of Photographic Art Presents "Beloved Daughters"

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. KPBS Arts Briefs

Museum of Photographic Art Presents "Beloved Daughters"

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. KPBS Arts Briefs

Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents Ruud van Empel's Strange Beauty

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents Ruud van Empel's Strange Beauty

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents Ruud van Empel's Strange Beauty

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents Ruud van Empel's Strange Beauty

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents Ruud van Empel's Strange Beauty

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents Ruud van Empel's Strange Beauty

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Museum Of Photographic Arts: Summer Photography Camps

Every Monday
9 a.m. Arts

Museum Of Photographic Arts: Summer Photography Camps

Every Tuesday
9 a.m. Arts

Museum Of Photographic Arts: Summer Photography Camps

Every Wednesday
9 a.m. Arts

Museum Of Photographic Arts: Summer Photography Camps

Every Thursday
9 a.m. Arts

Museum Of Photographic Arts: Summer Photography Camps

Every Friday
9 a.m. Arts

Pay What You Wish Admission

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Pay What You Wish Admission

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Pay What You Wish Admission

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 a.m. Arts

'Photo|Synthesis' MOPA’s 7th Annual Youth Exhibition

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Photo|Synthesis' MOPA’s 7th Annual Youth Exhibition

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Photo|Synthesis' MOPA’s 7th Annual Youth Exhibition

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Photo|Synthesis' MOPA’s 7th Annual Youth Exhibition

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Photo|Synthesis' MOPA’s 7th Annual Youth Exhibition

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Photo|Synthesis' MOPA’s 7th Annual Youth Exhibition

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Ruud Van Empel: 'Strange Beauty'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Ruud Van Empel: 'Strange Beauty'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Ruud Van Empel: 'Strange Beauty'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Ruud Van Empel: 'Strange Beauty'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Ruud Van Empel: 'Strange Beauty'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Ruud Van Empel: 'Strange Beauty'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Taking Aim' Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs At The Museum Of Photographic Arts

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'Taking Aim' Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs At The Museum Of Photographic Arts

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'Taking Aim' Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs At The Museum Of Photographic Arts

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'Taking Aim' Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs At The Museum Of Photographic Arts

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

'Taking Aim' Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs At The Museum Of Photographic Arts

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'Taking Aim' Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs At The Museum Of Photographic Arts

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

'The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs And Tapes Of W. Eugene Smith'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs And Tapes Of W. Eugene Smith'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs And Tapes Of W. Eugene Smith'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs And Tapes Of W. Eugene Smith'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs And Tapes Of W. Eugene Smith'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs And Tapes Of W. Eugene Smith'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

The Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents 'After Ansel Adams'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

The Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents 'After Ansel Adams'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

The Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents 'After Ansel Adams'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

The Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents 'After Ansel Adams'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

The Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents 'After Ansel Adams'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

The Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents 'After Ansel Adams'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Three Story House' Photography Collection

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Three Story House' Photography Collection

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Three Story House' Photography Collection

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Three Story House' Photography Collection

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Three Story House' Photography Collection

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Three Story House' Photography Collection

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Unusual Suspects: Paintings And Photographs By Holly Roberts'

Every Sunday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Unusual Suspects: Paintings And Photographs By Holly Roberts'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Unusual Suspects: Paintings And Photographs By Holly Roberts'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Unusual Suspects: Paintings And Photographs By Holly Roberts'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Unusual Suspects: Paintings And Photographs By Holly Roberts'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

'Unusual Suspects: Paintings And Photographs By Holly Roberts'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Past events