For Adults and Seniors


Artist Talks, Classes + Workshops

Feed your creativity with talks from renowned artists and photographers. Learn more about photography and hone your skills with lectures, events and workshops for every skill level and age group. Join our community of photographers, art educators and photography enthusiasts for an array of exciting educational programming. Check out our calendar to see upcoming programs.

Film Screenings

MOPA has a long history of presenting unique and compelling films. Films screenings are often presented in support of the Museum’s exhibitions or in collaboration with a community partner. All films take place in MOPA’s Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater.  For more information, check out our calendar to see upcoming programs or visit our film page to learn more about the different types of film programs offered at MOPA.

Current Exhibitions

Get inspired by the world of photography. Check out our current exhibitions, or take a sneak peek at what's up on our walls next


Seniors Exploring Photography, Identity and Appreciation

The SEPIA Initiative is a series of exciting new programs offered for senior citizens. The initiative encourages seniors to be engaged with art and their community by promoting art-based dialog and opportunities to create photographic images.  All programs for the SEPIA Initiative are free of cost to the organizations and participants. 

The SEPIA Initiative includes:

  • Digital Photography Course: A simple and fun four-session class designed to introduce senior citizens to digital cameras and artistic photography techniques.
  • Outreach Tours: Presentations held at senior centers and homes that share images from MOPA’s permanent collection to generate dialogue and teach art appreciation.
  • Museum Tours: Docent-led tours through MOPA’s current exhibitions designed for senior citizens to promote group participation and art appreciation.

Funding for the initiative is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Institute of Museum and Library ServicesCity of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, County of San Diego Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, and May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust. For questions or to schedule a senior group for a SEPIA program, contact Kevin at 619.238.7559 X225 or

Memories at the Museum

Experience a unique educator-led discussion and tour. A Museum educator engages people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s or a related disorder and an accompanying family member or friend in discussions about the artwork to stimulate visual and verbal abilities and to spark memory. Museum admission and tours are free for participants.

Memories at the Museums, presented by the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, alternates between four co-sponsoring museums that are all located in central Balboa Park. The participating museums are: Museum of Photographic Arts, Mingei International Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, and the Timken Museum of Art. Each monthly tour is limited to 8 pairs (16 participants total). Pre-registration is required. Please call Lisa Snyder, LCSW at the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at(858) 822-4800 to register for a tour.