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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

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Address: 700 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4291
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+1 858-454-3541
11:00 - 17:00
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With two locations, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is the...

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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This wealthy community legacy brings in some leading edge art and has a solid collection that is well displayed. Succulent and tropical gardens are wonderful as well. Great... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was looking forward to seeing contemporary art, but was surprise that it was mainly black and white photographs. They had an exhibit of Vietnam War protest posters, which was about the most interesting part of the museum. The sculpture garden had a scenic view of the ocean and a few contemporary art sculptures. There is a nice Marilyn Monroe piece... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This wealthy community legacy brings in some leading edge art and has a solid collection that is well displayed. Succulent and tropical gardens are wonderful as well. Great place for a wedding.

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Byhalia, Mississippi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

There are some interesting sculptures along the garden path on the side of the building facing the ocean. The garden is free and we found some great photo spots.

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Wedding was out on the patio by sunset, looking out at the ocean! How much more beautiful can you get! The reception was inside and delicious! Great spot for a wedding.....

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Orange, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We started with breakfast the Café with Fresh Local foods and Coffee reasonably priced. $12.00-$14.00 Breakfast and then walked and toured the Museum. Perfect way to spend a Sunday Morning.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This is one of my favorite spots to visit in La Jolla. The art is always stimulating as are the sweeping views of the Pacific from a gallery that sometimes is closed due to lender's restrictions. In addition to showing solid contemporary pieces, the sculpture garden is relaxing and fun. The Sherwood Auditorium hosts an active lecture and film schedule.... More 

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This small museum in La Jolla boasts great exhibits and a location that can't be beat, on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Do check before you go though because it is slated for major renovation soon.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

The galleries were great to wander through and were almost empty on a Tuesday afternoon. There are also some unrivaled views of the ocean from a couple of them. There is enough to spend an hour or two here. So I'd say decent size, but not overwhelming or huge. The museum is just outside the central part of downtown La... More 

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Point Reyes Station, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This museum has always been on the cutting edge, and it still is. The La Jolla building is small (so you don't get worn out), but has interesting modern art. There are also two more buildings in downtown San Diego that feature new exhibitions. My favorite piece this time was piece featuring a panel of reflective glass beads with a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

"Prospect 2016" will be ending September 4. If you can possibly get there, don't miss this exhibit which showcases works being considered for acquisition. Prospect has been going on for 30 years and is a great way for the public to learn about exciting artists. General admission $10 Seniors $5 Students 26 and over (with ID) $5 25 and under... More 

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