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.

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.

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

News and Events

Animate A Way: Animation Summer Camp

July 13 - 17, 2015: Animate A Way brings Animation Summer Camp to the Museum of Photographic Arts! Emphasizing teamwork, creativity and fun, the camp is tailored for ages 7-14. This year’s camp is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the museum.  Read more

Project PAINT at MOPA

Late Night Thursday, July 2 - The Prison Arts INiTiative is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of adult incarcerated populations. Project PAINT, their current program, is an eight-month Arts-in-Corrections class that aims to teach ways of artistic self-expression to over 40 participating Richard J. Read more

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Featured Exhibition

Did you know that some early photographs were known as the “mirror with a memory”?

That the first photograph of the moon was made more than 160 years ago?

Discover the answers to these questions and more in MOPA’s new gallery where you’ll explore the origins of photography, and its impact on how we view the world around us and ourselves.