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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

700 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4291
+1 858-454-3541
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What a fun & wild place

The exhibits are exciting and provocative. Very stimulating and fun to walk through the galleries... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2015
Ron Y
Corona del Mar, California

Scripps story great and great view from her living room. Art work interesting. Glass wall w... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2015
Columbus, Ohio
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With two locations, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is the region's foremost forum devoted to the exploration and presentation of the art of our time, presenting works across all media created since 1950. MCASD provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the community, showcasing a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and public programs. Located in the coastal community of La Jolla, take in the fabulous ocean view from the Edwards Garden Gallery, or lunch on the patio at the Museum Café. MCASD La Jolla also houses the Museum's X Store, filled with a selection of contemporary art books, apparel, and innovative design objects. Situated directly across the street from the La Jolla Cove and within walking distance to the renowned Wedding Bowl in Cuvier Park, MCASD La Jolla's spectacular ocean views and distinctive architectural design make it an exclusive venue for your big day. Our La Jolla location offer spaces that are adaptable and elegant, from a grand reception with dinner and dancing in our remarkable Axline Court to an intimate wedding ceremony overlooking the ocean in our picturesque Pacific Union Pocket Park. History Established in 1941. Founded in 1941 as The Art Center in La Jolla, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has evolved into an organization of national and international renown. The Museum serves the region as a vital cultural and civic asset, with contemporary art and living artists at its core. The La Jolla location was originally an Irving Gill-designed residence, built in 1916 as the home of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. Today, MCASD La Jolla comprises nearly three acres of prime oceanfront property, including the Edwards Sculpture Garden. Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates' renovation of MCASD's La Jolla location opened in 1996.
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700 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4291
+1 858-454-3541
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Reviewed 11 December 2015

The exhibits are exciting and provocative. Very stimulating and fun to walk through the galleries and the exterior spaces.

Thank Ron Y
Reviewed 22 November 2015

Scripps story great and great view from her living room. Art work interesting. Glass wall w openings unique

Thank shaman117
Reviewed 9 November 2015

What a fun and fabulous museum! Sitting just off the beach in La Jolla, it is a great stop for anyone who enjoys contemporary art. The building itself is dramatic, and the exhibits are beautifully displayed. There's a wonderful mix of paintings, sculpture, video art...More

Thank ainboulder
Reviewed 28 October 2015

The museum is a great place to visit for its art installations as well as its restaurant. There are tables inside if the day is too warm, but the outdoor area is really more pleasant.

Thank tarts2000
Reviewed 22 October 2015

This was described as a small museum (the La Jolla branch specifically), so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the collection. There are several rooms of exhibits, and each had at least one piece that I really liked, with a good variety of...More

Thank Julie W
Reviewed 3 September 2015

Collection seemed pretty odd. I especially did like the photo exhibit and the sculpture garden. Nice little gift shop. One thing I did enjoy, but it was happenstance, was listening to what sounded like a symphony in a theater (closed) while I was there.

Thank moreplanning
Reviewed 1 September 2015

Great building, nice little collection of art. Doesn't seem to have a strategy or clear objective to the collection, but it is a very pleasant way to spend 30 minutes looking at art.

Thank Floyd M
Reviewed 27 August 2015

We went to the location in La Jolla. The museum is small but the collection is intriguing and the views are spectacular.

Thank SBK12014
Reviewed 24 August 2015

We happened on this small but well-done museum simply wandering around La Jolla. The featured artist when we were there was Nicole W?????. Rather strange, but interesting. The one drawback was a docent who followed us around commenting on the art from his own personal...More

Thank BinnieB
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Open fresh and inviting ocean breeze. Overlooks the ocean . Location perfect for a wedding also. Flavia chatterjee

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