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Museum of Photographic Arts

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 & 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.

Summer Hours:
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

GI Film Festival Presents Opening Night Screening And Reception Featuring 'The 2 Sides Project'

  • Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
  • In December 2015, American and Vietnamese sons and daughters—who had all lost fathers fighting on opposite sides during the war—held the first-ever formal meetings. The film captures the entire story. The GI Film Festival runs October 18-22.

All upcoming events at Museum of Photographic Arts

'Point/Counterpoint: Contemporary Mexican Photography'Starts November 4, 2017

GI Film Festival Presents Opening Night Screening And Reception Featuring 'The 2 Sides Project'Tomorrow

Open Show San Diego #6October 19, 2017

San Diego Arab Film Festival October 20, 2017

Film Geeks Presents Famous Firsts Film SeriesOctober 27, 2017

Seventh Annual Fundraising Gala Benefitting Sustainable Medical CareNovember 4, 2017

InspireNovember 6, 2017

San Diego Film WeekMarch 2, 2018

Past events

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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.

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