Visiting MOPA

Located within Balboa Park at
1649 El Prado in San Diego, California

619.238.7559        INFO@MOPA.ORG

Pay What You Wish

Every visitor may visit the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) located in historic Balboa Park, without a general admission fee and can make a contribution instead. This voluntary contribution policy makes MOPA accessible to everyone based on what one wishes to pay

Information & Directions

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MOPA Guide

Aaron Siskind: Mid Century Modern

Aaron Siskind: Mid Century Modern

Aaron Siskind: Mid Century Modern

Beyond the Boundaries: Photographs by Norman Seeff

Beyond the Boundaries: Photographs by Norman Seeff

Darkest Nights, Brightest Stars: 15th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition

Darkest Nights, Brightest Stars: 15th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition





MOPA's mission is to inspire, educate and engage through the presentation and preservation of photography, film and video.

Parking at MOPA                Things to Know

Parking lots are available along Space Theater Way and street parking is available along Park Blvd. Since parking may be difficult during peak times or during events, additional parking lots are located throughout Balboa Park.

A free tram service is available from the parking lots to various points throughout Balboa Park from 8:30AM - 6:00PM, with extended hours during summer months.

Service Animals. Therapy and service animals are welcome inside the Museum. Pets are not allowed.

Pencil and Sketchbook. You are welcome to sketch in the museum. We do ask that you use pencils rather than pens. Pencils and clipboards are available for loan for your convenience at the front desk.

Coat and Accessories Check: For your comfort, a Coat Check is available at the front desk to stow food, beverages, backpacks, oversized items, umbrellas and other objects not allowed in the galleries as space permits.

The Whole Family. We want children to enjoy the galleries, and strollers are welcome throughout the museum. We invite them to talk, laugh and move around freely. However, running and other physical activity in which they can hurt themselves or damage the works of art are not permitted. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

The Museum of Photographic Arts recognizes that we sit on the ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay Nation, past and present. The Museum extends its respect and gratitude to the Kumeyaay peoples who call these lands home.

We recommend all guests wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Guests who are not fully vaccinated, including children ages 3-12, are required to wear a mask.

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