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Museum of Photographic Arts

Celebrating 35 Years of Excellence

MOPA is a center for visual learning, passionately dedicated to sharing and exploring the universal language of photography. MOPA is one of the world's premier institutions dedicated to photography and film. Encounter images that will inform and inspire you - from masterworks to emerging talent, portraits to photojournalism. Visit MOPA and shift your perspective.

See the Future

Photography is a dynamic medium, placing the lens into the palm of our hands and allowing images to be instantly captured and shared. As photography continues to evolve, so will MOPA. From new technologies to innovative arts education, we invite you to visit, explore and engage with us.

1649 El Prado Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

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Contact Info

(619) 238-7559
info@mopa.org

Hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Events to check out

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Hidden Worlds

Museum of Photographic Arts
Feb 13, 2019 - ongoing

An exploration of photographic techniques that make the invisible visible. Techniques range from microscopes and macro lenses to x-rays and spirit photography. Uncover more than what meets the eye...

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Talking With A Friend

Museum of Photographic Arts
Feb 13, 2019 - ongoing

Bern Schwartz embarked on an exciting new chapter in life when he turned his energy to photography at the youthful age of sixty. Inspired by friendships he made with notable photographers of the time,...

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Defining Place/Space

Museum of Photographic Arts
Mar 6 - ongoing

Defining Place/ Space represents the current state of contemporary photography in Australia through the work of 13 artists including several whose work is being shown in the United States for the...

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Spring Camps

Museum of Photographic Arts
Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

Spending Spring Break in San Diego? We hope that your kids will join us for Spring Camps! Daily camps will be offered during the week of March 26 - 30 exploring a variety of photographic skills and...

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Light & Time Workshop

Museum of Photographic Arts
Apr 6, 2019

The two basic ingredients of photography are light and time, and for much of history, the light used to make a photograph came from the most common natural source we know: the sun. The process is...

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The Mayflower

Museum of Photographic Arts
Apr 18, 2019

Join the Cast and Crew of THE MAYFLOWER series for a Film Screening & Fundraiser at Balboa Park. The series is produced by a collective of talented filmmakers from San Diego, Atlanta &...

See

  • Unforgettable images from around the globe
  • Award-winning exhibitions of photographic history and contemporary trends
  • Unique film screenings and exclusive art house films

Don't Miss

  • MOPA's Dubois Library, which holds more than 20,000 volumes of works
  • Interactive "Seeing Is Believing?" exhibition to inspire your own creativity
  • The MOPA Store for everything from Holgas and Dianas to t-shirts and art books

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kid Friendly
  • Tours

See

  • Unforgettable images from around the globe
  • Award-winning exhibitions of photographic history and contemporary trends
  • Unique film screenings and exclusive art house films

Don't Miss

  • MOPA's Dubois Library, which holds more than 20,000 volumes of works
  • Interactive "Seeing Is Believing?" exhibition to inspire your own creativity
  • The MOPA Store for everything from Holgas and Dianas to t-shirts and art books

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kid Friendly
  • Tours
  • General Admission - Adult
  • General Admission - Child
  • General Admission - Senior
  • Restaurants

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