Art objects, including photographs, represent cultural values and culture. Located among the picturesque gardens of San Diego's Balboa Park, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) collects, preserves, and presents expressive works of photography, film, and video. Its mission is to not only engage with the broadest possible audience but to educate and inspire them.
In addition to a permanent collection of over 7,000 images spanning two centuries, MOPA also features a series of temporary exhibits centered around a unifying theme. The museum hosts film screenings in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater. Another unique educational feature of the Museum of Photographic Arts is the Dubois Library that allows visitors to peruse over 20,000 photography-related items.
During your visit, you can take a break and relax in the café. Whether you are looking for a souvenir for yourself or a gift for a photography enthusiast, the gift shop offers cameras, books on photography, and postcards and posters, as well as apparel and accessories. There are also restrooms available for your convenience.
Discount tickets are available via the Go San Diego Card. This card will gain you access to most museums in Balboa Park and throughout San Diego and it will even get you into the San Diego Zoo and allow free access to over 55 attractions and activities around San Diego. You can get an additional discount on the Go San Diego Card if you purchase it via our website.