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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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Not my thing

The art museum was closed, so we came here instead. I must admit that I am not really into... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rachel T
via mobile
Powerful images from around the globe

My favorite museum in San Diego. I love photography so this museum was great for me. Even if you're... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
emma b
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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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.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good22%
  • Average21%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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1649 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1662
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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
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

Thank C0dys_Dad
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
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
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.

Thank 3x5card
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
Reviewed 17 March 2017

If you like or love photography you will enjoy this display. I am not a lover of photography but am learning to appreciate it. When I was there they had an ansel adams show.

Thank Go2FunFood
Reviewed 28 February 2017

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 Pictet award were displaying their entries. The theme was...More

Thank linda g
Reviewed 16 February 2017

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 19th century were also interesting.

Thank peterlc63
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