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Museum of Contemporary Art - Downtown, San Diego
(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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  • We went to this museum as it was very close to our hotel, the BW Bayside Inn. It is very small The cost was $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. For this you get a 7 day ticket for this location and the...  more »
  • This is an overlooked stop by both tourists and locals, but there are frequently amazing exhibits - and young people enter without charge! Check to see what's on display before you go, then look for m...  more »
  • I visited the la Jolla branch first and realized I can also visit this branch with the same ticket. This museum is small but the exhibition was incredible and the amount of details put into each piece...  more »
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  • We browsed through collections of photos with placards that gave good context to them. The boys enjoyed going through the stories and looking at the pictures. The garden outside was also beautiful
  • Beautiful collection of artwork. I especially love the sculpture garden / walk
  • Interesting art and a decent array of pieces for 10$ admission. Also access to both locations
  • Vast open space for the display of "art". They had a red string on a wall corner and called it art. OK then.
  • 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. ****