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Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA)

1649 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1662
+1 619-238-7559
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The Museum of Photographic Arts is one of the only museums in the country dedicated exclusively to the photographic arts, presenting work by some of the world's most celebrated photographers and cinematographers in its spacious new galleries and state-of-the-art 228 seat theater. MoPA is located in beautiful Balboa Park near downtown San Diego.
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1649 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1662
Balboa Park
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+1 619-238-7559
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"love photography"
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"gift shop"
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"rotating exhibits"
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"balboa park"
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Visited for a private cocktail party and enjoyed the beautiful space and exhibit. I love art and spent more time than I expected enjoying the exhibit when I should have been networking at the party. The space is clean and contemporary compared to the external...More

Thank SoCalAdventureSeeker
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Generally, art can be described as being "beautiful" but only one or two images I saw in this museum could fit that description. The rest of the exhibits (aerial photos of the Mexico/US border area, fat naked man photos, naked woman rolling around on the...More

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Reviewed 9 February 2018

My expectations are usually low when walking into a museum dedicated to photography, but the exhibits here were engaging, informative, and varied. In terms of art, I feel for photographers in terms how they will make art from their chosen medium... there are always a...More

Thank John T
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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

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. Not worth it to me.

Thank Rachel T
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

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 also nice. Be sure to stop by the gift...More

Thank emma b
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

I stumbled on this museum and loved the current exhibit. I've traveled to Asia and Europe, but must admit the pictures and locations of the photos in the current exhibit were thought provoking about how different but alike many areas of the world are. The...More

1  Thank C0dys_Dad
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

Currently (Aug.) over 200 photos by Sebastiao Salgado dominate almost the entire MOPA even the hallway to the theatre. "Genesis: A Visual Tribute to a Fragile Planet" features black and white images of landscapes, seascapes, animals, and peoples that "so far have escaped the long...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

This is San Diego's go-to museum for stellar photographic exhibits. Right now Genesis is on display, black and white photos from around the world shot by Brazilian photo journalist Sebastião Salgado and curated by his wife, Lelia. As members, my husband and I had the...More

Thank pattymooney
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Reviewed 18 June 2017

We came here without knowing about the Genesis exhibit, so were lucky to see an outstanding collection of photographs by world-renowned Salgado. Give yourself plenty of time--it's a large exhibit and a lot to take in--very powerful images you will want to linger on.

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Reviewed 12 June 2017

We were there for an exhibit called "Genesis" with beautiful photos of places that are hard to access, giving a glimpse of what the world was like before modern life. This work was really stunning. There are still a few unspoiled (or nearly so) places...More

1  Thank Rosemary W
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