More than just photography, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) seeks to inspire and empower audiences by promoting critical thought and cultivating the meaningful exchange of ideas. One of only three museums in the nation dedicated solely to lens-based medium, they serve over 100,000 visitors annually. By teaching visual literacy through programs designed to engage and inspire audiences of all ages, MOPA expands their participants’ abilities to see, discuss and create images with a critical perspective. They offer an annual calendar of relevant, thought-provoking and engaging exhibitions, film festivals and lifespan-learning opportunities.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
San Diego Asian Film Festival (November 10-12) The San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is San Diego’s premier film showcase of Asian American and international cinema. Founded in 2000, the festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States. Read More
Sony World Photography Awards (Now through April 16, 2023) The Sony World Photography Awards is the leading competition for photographers and artists working in photography. Made up of four competitions (Professional, Open, Student and Youth), all entries are free and the top prize is $25,000. The Awards are regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions by elevating photographers’ careers – from established to emerging – since it started 16 years ago. Read More
Myth and Magic: 16th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition (Now through February 19, 2023) MOPA’s 16th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition showcases the bold creativity of local youth artists. Students in grades K-12 throughout San Diego County and Tijuana were challenged to explore the theme of Magic & Myth through photography and video. Read More
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Visit Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego , CA 92101
Hours: 11 AM–4 PM Fri–Sun
Shop Hours: 12 PM–4 PM Fri–Sun
Wednesday, March 30 – Sunday, April 3 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6 – Sunday, April 10 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA