The Museum of Photographic Arts is a vibrant center for visual learning. Located in beautiful Balboa Park, MOPA is one of three independent photography museums in the United States and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Since its founding in 1983, the museum’s endeavors consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through its exhibitions and educational programs. As a 501(c)(3) organization, MOPA is generously supported by members, individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies. 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
MOPA within the Balboa Park complex of museums packs a mighty punch. In addition to various special shows that highlight parts of their collection, they have a movie theatre that hosts film series... more »
If you like photos that are often cutting edge, this is the spot for you. MOPA showcases its permanent collection through special exhibits. The current show that takes up the majority of the space..... 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.
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