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Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA)

Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1649 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-238-7559
10:00 - 17:00
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The Museum of Photographic Arts is one of the only museums in the country...

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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Be inspired with photogenic artefacts there

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 December 2016
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Emeryville CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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. The second major exhibit is an exhibit of photography done by youth of the region,... More 

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Salmon Arm, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 wouldn't visit this museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a small museum with a few exhibits. It is one of the smallest museums of photography that I have been in. It had three exhibits. Each exhibit with a medium sized collection. What they had was nice but I was disappointed in the size. The entrance is paid by donation.

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

MOPA that has a prominent place on the Prado in Balboa Park currently has admittance by your donation. In addition to special shows, such as Animals and Humans in celebration of the 100th birthday of the SD zoo that will soon be replaced by an exhibit on Abstract Photos, you can browse in their book/gift shop or participate in one... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

The fee is donation-based, you can pay $5 per person. The exhibits are small but enough to pique your interest. Some really interesting photographs. Some just okay. It is the only museum in the park that is open till late (8 pm)

Thank PriyamGopani
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

OK as a film photographer and darkroom printmaker I'm biased but IMHO this is a must visit when in San Diego. Set in the wonderful museum area in Balboa Park once you leave there is great food on hand. You pay what you can afford on entry and boy what great exhibitions. Beauty and the Beast was showing all eclectic... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

With a suggestion it should be $5 (see photo). It is worth a look but nothing to get too excited about - there are better things to do in Balboa Park.

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