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Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), San Diego

(3.4/5 based on 80+ 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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  • It is easy to overlook this modest-sized museum in glorious Balboa Park, but take an hour or so to stop by and view some outstanding photography. While we were there, the 12 finalists for the Prix Pic...  more »
  • We had an explorer pass so we decided to check this museum art. Cool section on the history of photography and a small of exhibit of Ansel Adams photos. The exhibit of photos taken in India during the...  more »
  • I was to this museum three years ago and totally enjoyed the exhibits they were displaying at that time. Now they have two major exhibits going. One, Boundless, is a major exhibition of 11 California ...  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...