Celebrate your event in picture perfect style! Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, MOPA provides a sophisticated venue for special events, offering guests exclusive access to MOPA's world-renowned exhibitions and close to the park's many amenities. Photo credit: France Photographers

Please visit our film calendar for a complete list of upcoming screenings. 

MOPA will be open late on Thursdays until 8 p.m. with a variety of fun activities to start your weekend off right.

MOPA's Art Bazaar returns on Late Night Thursday with a mix of local-to-global artists. Learn more HERE.

Visitors choose the admission price with Pay What You Wish EVERY DAY the museum is open. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

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Late Night Thursdays

This summer, Balboa Park comes alive after 5 with extended hours at participating museums, including MOPA! We’ll be open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays from June 2 - September 1, 2016.*  On these evenings, you’ll have a chance to see our current exhibitions, films and hands-on activities. Read more

Featured Exhibition

Night only suggests things, it doesn't fully reveal them. Night unnerves us and surprises us with its strangeness; it frees powers within us which were controlled by reason during the day…
-- Brassaï

Defying Darkness: Photography at Night, drawn exclusively from the museum’s permanent collection, surveys the ways in which photographers have used the camera to explore the visual and symbolic potential of the nocturnal image. Night photography began as an artistic genre more than a century ago and in the ensuing years many of the modern era’s leading photographers have been drawn to the challenge of making images after dark.

Defying Darkness features photographs by Berenice Abbott, Brassaï, Larry Clark, Bill Henson, André Kertész, Chris McCaw, Richard Misrach, Alexander Rodchenko, Sebastiao Salgado, Edward Steichen, Weegee and many others.

 

Image Credit: 
Bill Henson, Untitled #20 (LMO SH177 N2A), 2000/2001, C-Print, Peter and Olivia Farrell Australian Photography Collection, Image courtesy of Bill Henson and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.