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Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), San Diego
(3.3/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This is a small museum with a few exhibits. It is one of the smallest museums of photography that I have been in. It had three exhibits. Each exhibit with a medium sized collection. What they had was ...  more »
  • MOPA that has a prominent place on the Prado in Balboa Park currently has admittance by your donation. In addition to special shows, such as Animals and Humans in celebration of the 100th birthday of ...  more »
  • The fee is donation-based, you can pay $5 per person. The exhibits are small but enough to pique your interest. Some really interesting photographs. Some just okay. It is the only museum in the park t...  more »
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  • MOPA was a nice find as we strolled through Balboa Park. The featured exhibit was "Flor Garduño: Trilogy" featuring some amazing large format photography from this renowned Mexican photographer. This exhibit occupied the three larger galleries. There was a small exhibit of National Park photography and then the final gallery with a history of photography on display. They have a fantastic gift shop with a wide variety of photo books and other artwork. The cost is pay as you go with a recommended $5/attendee entry.
  • By far my favorite museum in the whole Balboa Park area!.
  • I REALLY wanted to love this museum. I'm a huge shutterbug, and I enjoy both the technical aspects and art that is photography. But this museum seemed to be lacking both. There wasn't much about the science of photography, and the exhibits seemed to be missing something. I was disappointed to see half of the exhibit space taken up by self-portraits. It's kind of cliche. You shoulld visit here if you have a week or annual pass. Otherwise, i would skip it.
  • Beautiful museum, I loved visiting here when I lived here. I saw a lecture here and it was worth it. Nice place to walk around and soak up photos.
  • Very impressive. I wish it would have little bigger...