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“Good contemporary art”

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Ranked #22 of 78 things to do in La Jolla
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Nice museum, though somewhat limited in display space. However, the available display space was used well; nothing overcrowded, plenty of room to stand back and view the art. Lovely location; the outdoor art garden views the ocean.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

enjoyed the travelling exhibit from Mexico City, but the building itself, and the gardens on the cliffside, make the visit a must.

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

The Museum of Contemporary Art has a great location with wonderful restaurants and hotels nearby. The Museum has a very good facility for seeing films and depending on your taste in contemporary art... well that will depend on the current exhibit, but, often cutting edge as it should be. Given the location and the space and facilities make sure you drop by or go online and see what is going on here if you are planning a exhibit to the area.

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

We visited the museum while they were in the middle of installing a new exhibit. Luckily for us it was a half price day and this worked for us because literally half the museum was off limits due to the installation. What we were able to see was nice and the sculpture garden is small but pleasant and the building is airy and light.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

The museum itself is a work of art, very contemporary and open. Besides cutting edge works of art, the view of the La Jolla coastline and the Pacific Ocean is spectacular. Great little gift shop with really unique items.

Thank toria
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