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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

A Live Audience Podcast With Special Guest Joanelle Romero

  • Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 p.m.
  • Joanelle Romero will be interviewed by Jenni Prisk, in the first of a series of Live Podcasts presented by the Women's Museum of California, with audience participation. Joanelle will discuss the lack of the Native voice in the entertainment industry, her vision to seek the truth, and the courage to speak it, and her passion for bringing national attention to the multi-cultural diversity issues we face as a nation. Joanelle ... Read more

All upcoming events at Museum of Photographic Arts

Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography From AustraliaStarts March 6, 2019

A Live Audience Podcast With Special Guest Joanelle RomeroAugust 28, 2019

Opening Night Featuring 'Take Me Home Huey'September 24, 2019

GI Film Festival San Diego 2019September 24, 2019

'Mosul'September 25, 2019

'Homemade'September 25, 2019

'The Whistleblower Of My Lai'September 26, 2019

GI Film Festival San Diego Presents Drama Block: Intense Stories Of ServiceSeptember 26, 2019

GI Film Festival San Diego Presents: Drama Block: Not Your Everyday StorySeptember 27, 2019

'The Black String'September 27, 2019

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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