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. 

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Special transcenDANCE Preview

July 30, 2015: The transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project presents ME to WE, a performance of contemporary hip-hop and modern dance pieces inspired by the 7 billion Others multimedia exhibition featured here at MOPA. Read more

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

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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.