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Museum of Photographic Arts tickets

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One of the few institutions in the country devoted to photography, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) houses more than 9,000 images representing the entire history of the medium, its aesthetic movements, and technological advances. Since its founding in 1983, MoPA has been devoted to collecting, conserving, and exhibiting the entire spectrum of the photographic medium, from the 19th century to today.

Revel in images that are fascinating, moving, and often surprising. The Museum of Photographic Arts addresses important cultural, historical and social issues through its excellent exhibits and public programs.

Visitors can see works from the entire history of the medium, such as daguerreotypes and album prints from the 19th century, works of Pictorialism to Modernism, and photojournalism by renowned photographers working today. The Museum of Photographic Arts also presents interesting and relevant films in its state-of-the-art theater. Here is a look at some of the features of the museum’s permanent collection:

  • Inside Out: Portraits from the Permanent Collection: Author Richard Brilliant writes, "Making portraits is a response to the natural human tendency to think about oneself, of oneself in relationship to others, and of others in apparent relation to themselves." This exhibit explores this concept of portraits. Daguerreotypes and many famous portraits are on display.
  • Imagine That!: This collection highlights the works of artists who attempt to capture movements and sensations not accessible to the human eye without the aid of photography. The viewer’s ideas of photography are challenged, showing that these artists see the camera not as an extension of the human eye, but as a totally different eye altogether.
  • Face to Face: Portraits from the Bank of America Collection: This exhibit explores the nation’s largest collection of corporate photography, featuring unique portraits and daguerreotypes from centuries past, as well as portraits by masters such as Yousuf Karsh, Lisette Model, Tina Barney, Rineke Dijkstra, Walker Evans and Richard Avedon.

Anyone with a penchant for photography will want to stop by MoPA to explore the medium and to put the history of photography in chronology. A visit to the Museum of Photographic Arts will undoubtedly show you that photography not only lends a visual quality to history, but also to more abstract concepts that baffle the human mind.

The Museum of Photographic Arts Shop sells a cool range of photographic accessories and items for aficionados, from cameras to hardcover photography collections. Visitors can also stop in at MoPA’s in-house theater to catch a showing.

The Go San Diego Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes Museum of Photographic Arts tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

Getting In

Present your Go San Diego Card at the admissions counter.


Closed Mondays
Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Extended summer hours: Tuesdays, 10:00 am-8:00 pm


Mondays, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.


Galleries may be closed for special events. Hours may vary during special events.


1649 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Driving Directions

From I-5, exit at 10th Avenue. Left on A Street. Left on Park Blvd. Follow signs to Balboa Park.

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