Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), San Diego

3.5
#22 of 32 in Museums in San Diego
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.
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  • The art museum was closed, so we came here instead. I must admit that I am not really into photography, so this wasn’t my cup of tea. But honestly, for the price they charge, it wasn’t a huge museum. ...  more »
  • Museum in Balboa Park, this quaint in a splendid building. Photo exhibits analyzed primary and unique perspectives and photographed exhibition is being held, it was interesting.
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  • My favorite museum in San Diego. I love photography so this museum was great for me. Even if you're not a photography, check it out. I loved the Genesis exhibit. Admission is donation based which is a...  more »
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  • One of the smaller museums but absolutely worth visiting. Suggested donation, and no admission fee means that you get a lot for your money. The museum/gallery is small but the work on display is excellent. Do not skip on this if you enjoy photography.
  • My favorite museum ever! Love the pics and original arts of work. I always learn something new.
  • Maybe my expectations are too high, but this museum didn't do much for me. They used black and white on every single photo. It was honestly an eye sore. There were so many beautiful shots that were just dulled by the lack of color. Maybe that is the norm for photography exhibits, but it kind of ruined the experience for me. The museum itself is pretty small, so we finished everything in about 20 minutes. I visited because this was included in the explorer pass, but I'll skip this museum next time.
  • Disappointing as a museum. It should be called a gallery dedicated to a single Artist. There is almost no history here, just a showcase of pictures for a so he person and almost all of it very recent. That aside, the photos were good and we'll laid out. More information about the trip and or processing would have been welcomed.
  • This was a single artist gallery with a small informative section. Not a museum.

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