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Museum of Photographic Arts tickets

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The suggested admission to this museum is $5.00. Smart Destinations will be making a donation on behalf of all Go San Diego Card customers.

One of three independent institutions in the country devoted to photography, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) houses more than 8,600 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. In addition to its photographic collection, MOPA’s Edmund L. and Nancy K. Dubois Library holds more than 20,000 items, all related to photography.

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. Here is a look at some of the upcoming exhibitions at the museum:

  • Seeing is Believing?: Complete with interactive technology, visitors are invited discover the origins of photography and its impact on how we view the world around us and ourselves in this semi-permanent exhibition.
  • Flor Garduño: Trilogía: In Trilogía, Flor Garduño presents a tour of the principal themes from her career of photographic work within three groups: Bestiarium, Mujeres fantásticas and Naturalezas silenciosas. A renowned Mexican photographer, Garduño is internationally recognized for her black and white photography. On display Feb. 6 – May 15, 2016
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Animal in Photography: Beauty and the Beast presents an examination of animals in photography in celebration of the San Diego Zoo Centennial. Showcasing a diverse range of photographers, the exhibition highlights the many ways animals are featured from portraits to supporting subjects. On display May 21 – Sept. 25, 2016

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. On select evenings, visitors can also stop in at MOPA’s in-house, state-of-the-art Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater to catch a screening. Film schedule is available at

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 pass at the admissions counter.


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