The recently expanded La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art is the region’s foremost forum devoted to the exploration and presentation of the art of our time. The collection includes more than 4,000 works created after 1950, representing a variety of media and genres: painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation.
The museum is known for collecting works by promising emerging artists and under-recognized, mid-career artists, as well as by major figures in international contemporary art.
One of the highlights of the museum's collection are minimalism and Pop Art of the 1960s and 1970s, conceptual art from the 1960s to the present, installation art, art from Latin America, and art from California and the San Diego/Tijuana region. Many works in the collection are the result of artists’ residencies or works commissioned for the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art exhibitions.
Located on a stunning site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art has been a landmark since it was established in 1941. Designed in 1916 by Irving Gill and originally the home of celebrated philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, the 60,000 square-foot museum boasts breathtaking coastal views. A renovation and expansion by Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates was completed in 1996.
Visit the outdoor garden gallery where kids can interact with the artwork in a park-like setting, grab lunch in the Museum Cafe, and don't forget to stop by the Museum Store for artful housewares, books, jewelry and more.
From Interstate 5 North or 52 West: Exit at La Jolla Parkway, Exit ramps are very long and merge directly into Torrey Pines Road, Travel approximately 4 miles down a long hill and then back up, Turn right at the traffic signal on top of the rise of the road onto Prospect Street.
From Interstate 5 South: Exit at La Jolla Village Drive, Turn right at the end of the ramp onto La Jolla Village Drive, Turn left at the third traffic signal onto Torrey Pines Road, Travel approximately 4 miles down a long hill and then back up, Turn right at the traffic signal onto Prospect Street.