Taiwan Cinema Spotlight returns for a second year in a row to highlight the work of Taiwanese director, Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Film information and tickets HERE

MOPA launches first Pay What You Wish museum program in Southern California. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until Aug. 28, visitors choose the admission price with a voluntary contribution. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

365 Days, 17 Institutions, 1 Pass...

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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.

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

Call for entries are open for students K-12 in San Diego County and Tijuana. MOPA’s 10th annual juried youth exhibition invites you to explore self portraiture using photography or video. Click HERE to enter.

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Pay What You Wish admission

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United States Premiere of 7 billion Others at MOPA

Wednesday, February 4 - Part of the GoodPlanet Foundation and supported by BNP Paribas since its origin, 7 billion Others continues its world tour to encounter, share and meet the inhabitants of this wide planet. In its U.S. premiere, 7 billion Others will be on display at the Museum of Photographic Arts from Feb. 21 - Sept. 13, 2015. Read more

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Featured Exhibition

Balboa Park was described as the Dream City during the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. To celebrate the centennial anniversary, this exhibition highlights photographs taken by Francis Bruguière during that time.

Born in San Francisco, Francis Bruguière was a member of the Photo-Secession movement that sought to legitimize photography as a fine art medium, putting it on equal ground with painting and sculpture. Bruguière used soft focus exposures and subtle variations in tone to evoke associations with painting, especially the work of the Impressionists. Using these techniques, Bruguière captured the park’s Spanish-inspired architecture, creating an almost dream-like atmosphere in his photographs. These images offer us the fascinating chance to step back in time and experience the Dream City as it was originally conceived.