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.

Get ready for San Diego's premier biennial photography event – MOPA’s Photo Auction 2015. All proceeds from this signature fundraiser support MOPA as a leading center for visual learning.

MOPA launches first Pay What You Wish museum program in Southern California. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through Jan. 29, 2016, visitors choose the admission price with a voluntary contribution. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

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

News and Events

5 Things I Learned as an Intern

This past summer, the Museum of Photographic Arts' marketing department had the excellent assistance of Social Media & Communications Intern Jenilee Day Umali, a senior at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. Read more

MOPA presents the second annual "Perspective"

From a spectacular renovation and exhibitions to experiential trips and landmark initiatives, the last year proved to be one of MOPA's most dynamic yet. Read more

Volunteer or Docent

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Featured Exhibition

How can you explore your identity through a photograph?

What might you include in your self portrait to tell a story about yourself?

How has photography changed the way we share our identities and personal stories with the world?


MOPA invited students in grades K-12 from San Diego County and Tijuana to enter photographic artwork in its Annual Juried Youth Exhibition. For the 10th Anniversary, participants share their views on “self identity” through a variety of diverse voices and perspectives.


In addition, from October 1, 2015 to January 4, 2016:

16 photos will be on view at the Teen Center in the Central Library. 330 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101

20 photos will be on view at the North Park Library. 3795 31st St. San Diego, CA 92104

5 photos will be on view at US Bank. 1420 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101


Thank you to the panel of jurors who selected the photographs in Self/Reflection based on quality, theme, originality, and artist statement:

Laura Galinson, Trustee, Chair of MOPA's Education Committee, Philanthropist, Photographer

Deborah Klochko, Executive Director, MOPA

Cy Kuckenbaker, Filmaker, Photographer, and Adjunct College Professor

Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director, San Diego Art Institute