The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) is a museum in San Diego's Balboa Park. First founded in 1974, MOPA opened in 1983. MOPA is one of three museums in the US dedicated exclusively to the collection and preservation of photography, with a mission to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film and video. The museum's address is 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA, 92101.Plan your visit to Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our San Diego online route planner.
Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) reviews
The Museum of Photographic Arts has interesting and some interactive displays. There are many unique photographs exhibited. It is worth a visit while at the park, especially if one purchases a... more »
there were a good variety of types of photography that was very enjoyable as art...but they had a juried exhibit of a student competition with photos from kids 5 - 18that simply was astounding in the.... more »
While the exhibits and activities themselves were very enjoyable, the highlight was talking to Gabriela, who worked at the museum and encouraged us to examine the photos more closely and engage in discussion about finer details of each work. As someone who usually goes through museums fairly quickly and doesn't give most exhibits more than a cursory glance, it was refreshing to look at the artwork longer and reflect on what the artist was trying to convey. Highly recommend!
We visit MOPA often. It regularly has new exciting exhibits. It is not an all day experience, but it is in Balboa Park which offers many other great places to visit. They are all in walking distance of each other. We usually do two and then walk the park.
Plan your trip to San Diego
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in San Diego
Kid-friendly things to do in San Diego
Side trips from San Diego
Hidden gems in San Diego
Museums in San Diego
Nearby attractions in San Diego
Trips to Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) by other users
8 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Botanical Building and Lily Pond San Diego Zoo Fall Brewing Company 8 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Maritime Museum of San Diego San Diego Zoo USS Midway Museum 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Vancouver Billings Grovetown 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES San Diego Sacramento South Lake Tahoe 17 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS Seattle San Francisco Yosemite National Park 9 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Maritime Museum of San Diego San Diego Zoo Mission Beach Park