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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

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Address: 700 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4291
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11:00 - 17:00
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With two locations, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is the...

With two locations, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is the region's foremost forum devoted to the exploration and presentation of the art of our time, presenting works across all media created since 1950. MCASD provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the community, showcasing a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and public programs. Located in the coastal community of La Jolla, take in the fabulous ocean view from the Edwards Garden Gallery, or lunch on the patio at the Museum Café. MCASD La Jolla also houses the Museum's X Store, filled with a selection of contemporary art books, apparel, and innovative design objects. Situated directly across the street from the La Jolla Cove and within walking distance to the renowned Wedding Bowl in Cuvier Park, MCASD La Jolla's spectacular ocean views and distinctive architectural design make it an exclusive venue for your big day. Our La Jolla location offer spaces that are adaptable and elegant, from a grand reception with dinner and dancing in our remarkable Axline Court to an intimate wedding ceremony overlooking the ocean in our picturesque Pacific Union Pocket Park. History Established in 1941. Founded in 1941 as The Art Center in La Jolla, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has evolved into an organization of national and international renown. The Museum serves the region as a vital cultural and civic asset, with contemporary art and living artists at its core. The La Jolla location was originally an Irving Gill-designed residence, built in 1916 as the home of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. Today, MCASD La Jolla comprises nearly three acres of prime oceanfront property, including the Edwards Sculpture Garden. Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates' renovation of MCASD's La Jolla location opened in 1996.

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The Museum is closed for renovation!

The Museum of Contemporary Art is a beautiful venue along Prospect. Unfortunately, they closed in January for a major remodel. I believe the Museum Cafe, which is wonderful, will... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
La Jolla, California
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La Jolla, California
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The Museum of Contemporary Art is a beautiful venue along Prospect. Unfortunately, they closed in January for a major remodel. I believe the Museum Cafe, which is wonderful, will be open for a few months still. The Museum's shop is also a place for unusual and wonderful gifts for the friend who has everything! We will certainly miss it while... More 

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El Cajon, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

My wife and I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla the other day. For you living-on-budget students under 25, show your ID and school ID (but the worker believed me and didn't ask for mine) and you're good to go. If you're over 25, admission is $5, and general admission is $10.The Museum is on the smaller... More 

Thank grandslamhomer
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Was looking forward to seeing contemporary art, but was surprise that it was mainly black and white photographs. They had an exhibit of Vietnam War protest posters, which was about the most interesting part of the museum. The sculpture garden had a scenic view of the ocean and a few contemporary art sculptures. There is a nice Marilyn Monroe piece... More 

Thank FluteGirl128
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

This wealthy community legacy brings in some leading edge art and has a solid collection that is well displayed. Succulent and tropical gardens are wonderful as well. Great place for a wedding.

Thank Nationalparksdiva
Byhalia, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

There are some interesting sculptures along the garden path on the side of the building facing the ocean. The garden is free and we found some great photo spots.

Thank Evelyn C
Santa Ana, California
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Wedding was out on the patio by sunset, looking out at the ocean! How much more beautiful can you get! The reception was inside and delicious! Great spot for a wedding.....

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Orange, California
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

We started with breakfast the Café with Fresh Local foods and Coffee reasonably priced. $12.00-$14.00 Breakfast and then walked and toured the Museum. Perfect way to spend a Sunday Morning.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

This is one of my favorite spots to visit in La Jolla. The art is always stimulating as are the sweeping views of the Pacific from a gallery that sometimes is closed due to lender's restrictions. In addition to showing solid contemporary pieces, the sculpture garden is relaxing and fun. The Sherwood Auditorium hosts an active lecture and film schedule.... More 

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La Jolla, California
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

This small museum in La Jolla boasts great exhibits and a location that can't be beat, on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Do check before you go though because it is slated for major renovation soon.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

The galleries were great to wander through and were almost empty on a Tuesday afternoon. There are also some unrivaled views of the ocean from a couple of them. There is enough to spend an hour or two here. So I'd say decent size, but not overwhelming or huge. The museum is just outside the central part of downtown La... More 

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