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Museum of Contemporary Art - Downtown, San Diego

Categories: Art Museums, Art Galleries, Museums
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3.1/5 based on 25 reviews on the web
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, in San Diego, California, US, is an art museum focused on the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of works of art from 1950 to the present.HistoryFounded in 1941 in La Jolla as The Art Center in La Jolla, a community art center, through the 1950s and 1960s the organization operated as the La Jolla Art Museum. The museum was originally the 1915 residence of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, designed by the noted architect Irving Gill.In the early 1970s, the name changed to the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, focusing the purview on the period from 1950 to the present. In 1990, the Museum changed its name to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, acknowledging the larger geographic context and the population base of nearly 3 million in San Diego County, and opened another satellite facility downtown in 1993, further embracing the region.In 1996, a major renovation and expansion of MCASD La Jolla took place, designed by Robert Venturi of the firm Venturi Scott Brown & Associates. In 2007, a downtown location of the Museum was opened, designed by architect Richard Gluckman of Gluckman Mayner Architects, New York.In 2014, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego chose architect Annabelle Selldorf to head a multimillion-dollar expansion that is expected to triple the size of the museum's location in La Jolla. The project will create more gallery space to exhibit the museum's permanent collection, as well as additional space for education.
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  • This is an overlooked stop by both tourists and locals, but there are frequently amazing exhibits - and young people enter without charge! Check to see what's on display before you go, then look for m...  read more »
  • I visited the la Jolla branch first and realized I can also visit this branch with the same ticket. This museum is small but the exhibition was incredible and the amount of details put into each piece...  read more »
  • I thought the exhibit was rather small. If there were more things to look at, i would give a higher rating. It looked like more online. 
  • Another museum in the San Diego area besides the major the ones located in Balboa Park. But unlike the Art Museum in Balboa Park, this one is just strictly contemporary art.The building itself is beautiful and there are some lovely arched windows which only enhance the experience. Overall a great place to chill for about 30 min - 2 hours depending on how long you like to look at art. Also the staff was very kind and helpful which again, is hard to come by in museums. MCASD is great in general, but the down side is the lack of available parking. Because it is located in downtown, there is no free parking and you just have to get lucky with the street parking. ****
  • Vast open space for the display of "art". They had a red string on a wall corner and called it art. OK then.
  • This place is an awesome stop if you're in downtown La Jolla. Bonus if you're a student and free entry for youth under 25! The views from the deck are also quite amazing.
  • I enjoyed all of the exhibits here. Must have good curators.
  • Great place, cool gift shop!
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