Museum of Contemporary Art - San Diego


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Museum of Contemporary Art has two locations one in La Jolla and one in Downtown San Diego. The art museum features more than 4,000 works created after 1950, representing a variety of media and genres: painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation. The museum is known for collecting works by promising emerging artists and under-recognized, mid-career artists, as well as by major figures in international contemporary art. The key collections in the museum are minimalism and Pop Art of the 1960s and 1970s, conceptual art from the 1960s to the present, installation art, art from Latin America, and art from California and the San Diego/Tijuana region.

There are three buildings at the downtown location -
1001 Kettner is the first building began in 1993 following a series of storefront gallery locations in downtown San Diego in the late 1980s.
The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Building is the former the Santa Fe Depot baggage building and became part of the art museum following the 2007 museum expansion. The building features light-filled galleries and large spaces suitable for the presentation of large-scale installations and site-specific works.
The David C. Copley Building was also part of the 2007 expansion and includes The Berglund Room for lectures and programs, The Woods Terrace for events, and The Betlach Family Foundation education room for hands-on, interactive art activities.

Minimum Time Needed

Half Day


Thursday through Tuesday 11 AM – 5 PM
Third Thursday of the Month 11 AM – 7 PM
Wednesday Closed

Admission Fee

General Admission $10
Military/Seniors $5
Students 26 and over (with ID) $5
Students 25 and under (with ID) Free


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