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Museum of Photographic Arts
- 1649 El Prado
- San Diego, CA 92101
- Fax 619-238-8777
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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.
MOPA has a pay-what-you-wish admission policy. Recommended pricing is
$7 seniors and retired military
FREE to members, active military & dependents, 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 second TUESDAY of the month. Please bring your ID.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through the summer.
Closed: Mondays, Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Holiday Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Includes: President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)
Upcoming event at Museum of Photographic Arts
- Saturday, August 19, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- MOPA and Pacific Arts Movement present two unique screenings of "Blue Moon," a one-of-a-kind experience that has a rethink on authorial intention, narrative structure, and the materiality of film (or in this case, DCP). In 1997, Taiwanese director Ko I-cheng did something never before done on film. He designed, shot, and released a film made up of five reels that can be played in any order. There are 120 different ... Read more
All upcoming events at Museum of Photographic Arts
Pacific Arts Movement Screening: Blue Moon (1997)August 19, 2017
Film Geeks Presents Famous Firsts Film SeriesSeptember 1, 2017
San Diego Film WeekMarch 2, 2018