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Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA)

1649 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1662
+1 619-238-7559
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The Museum of Photographic Arts is one of the only museums in the country dedicated exclusively to the photographic arts, presenting work by some of the world's most celebrated photographers and cinematographers in its spacious new galleries and state-of-the-art 228 seat theater. MoPA is located in beautiful Balboa Park near downtown San Diego.
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  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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1649 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1662
Balboa Park
+1 619-238-7559
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here without knowing about the Genesis exhibit, so were lucky to see an outstanding collection of photographs by world-renowned Salgado. Give yourself plenty of time--it's a large exhibit and a lot to take in--very powerful images you will want to linger on.

Thank 3x5card
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there for an exhibit called "Genesis" with beautiful photos of places that are hard to access, giving a glimpse of what the world was like before modern life. This work was really stunning. There are still a few unspoiled (or nearly so) places...More

Thank Rosemary W
Reviewed 16 March 2017

If you like or love photography you will enjoy this display. I am not a lover of photography but am learning to appreciate it. When I was there they had an ansel adams show.

Thank Go2FunFood
Reviewed 27 February 2017

It is easy to overlook this modest-sized museum in glorious Balboa Park, but take an hour or so to stop by and view some outstanding photography. While we were there, the 12 finalists for the Prix Pictet award were displaying their entries. The theme was...More

Thank linda g
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We had an explorer pass so we decided to check this museum art. Cool section on the history of photography and a small of exhibit of Ansel Adams photos. The exhibit of photos taken in India during the 19th century were also interesting.

Thank peterlc63
Reviewed 27 December 2016

I was to this museum three years ago and totally enjoyed the exhibits they were displaying at that time. Now they have two major exhibits going. One, Boundless, is a major exhibition of 11 California artists displaying their work, much of which is very thought-provoking....More

Thank ed_in_510
Reviewed 24 December 2016

We were a little disappointed in the number of photographs on display -- had anticipated a greater variety. We did find the small section with displays on some of the photographic artifacts to be of interest, but if we had to do it again we...More

Thank TMLB
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

This musrum is quite relaxing when I entered to see the exhibits . There was spacious for my looking to amaze how photographers creat their works. It 's just 2 storeyed so no need physical demands too much. The museum shop is also advisedly to...More

Thank jajavalB
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Small but spacious, MoPA boasts some very intriguing collection photos and surprisingly remarkable exhibitions. Don't forget to visit their store. A definite must for every visitor to Balboa Park.

Thank Anna B
Reviewed 20 November 2016

This museum is very small and a little to offer. It has some pictures from not so famous photographers, but only a couple of rooms. Way overpriced for the visit.

Thank zhouluke
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