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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

700 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4291
+1 858-454-3541
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A great visit in the middle of weekday (almost no other people)!

The galleries were great to wander through and were almost empty on a Tuesday afternoon. There are... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2016
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Excellent small art museum

This museum has always been on the cutting edge, and it still is. The La Jolla building is... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2016
Daniel Will
Point Reyes Station, California
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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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700 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4291
+1 858-454-3541
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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...More

Thank Unpossible
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...More

Thank Daniel Will
Reviewed 21 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....More

Thank illinois travelere
Reviewed 15 August 2016

This was one museum that always got a variety of exhibits. Be prepared to visit with an open mind :) You may also want to search on the museum website. they have free entry on certain days.

Thank hjs25
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

The museum was lovely. Just the right size with an interesting variety of work. They were preparing for an outdoor event in the garden which was beautiful, especially with the ocean as the back drop. The staff were so friendly and kind asking about my...More

Thank attorneymomSA
Reviewed 5 August 2016

They have some nice Warhols. Otherwise the artists are not known to me. The outside garden on the ocean side is worth seeing and it is free.

Thank RBinDC2016
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The museum is very good and great exhibits. The location is great and the view of the ocean is beautiful.

Thank 2AdventureHearts
Reviewed 7 July 2016

Admission for senior citizens is a paltry $5.00 for which you can view nice examples of contemporary art. A great way to view some interesting art works.

Thank Dennis A
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

The museum is small but they have a nice collection of contemporary art and it has a great view of the la Jolla Cove from the second floor. You can easily get to the cove from the back door passing through the museum's beautiful little...More

Thank Maryam I
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Great modern art museum. Not too big. You can see everything in an hour or maybe an hour and a half. And: spectacular view of the ocean.

Thank Roland1959
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