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The Museum of Photographic Arts
Top 21 in Must-Visit Museums

13 Reviews
Closed Open on Tue-Sun,10:00am-5:00pm
Address: 1649 El Prado at Sixth Avenue, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
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Phone: +1 619-238-7559

What people are saying:

The artwork is amazing! All of the photos are in black and white. It is photographs of areas that have not been touched by humans or modern civilization.

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  • Cac1234
    Germantown, New York

    Interesting Exhibits

    The Museum of Photographic Arts has interesting and some interactive displays. There are many unique photographs exhibited. It is worth a visit while at the park, especially if one purchases a multid...

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  • OOB123

    the student work was astounding

    there were a good variety of types of photography that was very enjoyable as art...but they had a juried exhibit of a student competition with photos from kids 5 - 18that simply was astounding in the ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1583228868000+0800)/
  • Gardengel-IoW
    Isle of Wight, UK

    Yes it contains photographs

    It is more a gallery than a museum, all very modern and off the wall. Four galleries but all too wacky for me . Entry is by dontation $10 is suggested!

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  • Lydia B
    Lydia B
    Worcester, Massachusetts

    Interesting once you got inside

    The building is lovely but the interior entrance/lobby was very sterile and not inviting. As someone who holds good honest street photography in high regard, I was disappointed that there was very lit...

    Reviewed on /Date(1580720766000+0800)/
  • MattIowa

    Good for a quick visit

    If you like photos, this is a nice small-ish photo museum in Balboa Park. I really enjoyed a 30 minute stop while the rest of the family was running around to some other Balboa Park attractions. It's ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1580456795000+0800)/

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Find out about photography, take film classes and participate in workshops at the Museum of Photographic Arts. There are activities for all ages here, from photojournalist workshop camps for youthful guests to the Coming of Age film celebration that is designed for senior natives. People, families and gatherings can spend the day finding out about various parts of photography through different projects or just by visiting the a wide range of shows in plain view. Everybody who visits gets taught about this visual medium as well as enlivened to give their own particular innovativeness a chance to become the dominant focal point.
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