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MCASD Comes Alive with Art and Activity

With high ceilings and ocean views, the newly expanded galleries at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego provide a breathtaking setting for art.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Flagship location in La Jolla reopened in April, welcoming approximately 6,800 visitors in its first three days. After a four-year renovation, the expanded gallery space, sculpture garden, ocean view art park, and inaugural exhibitions were met with great acclaim.  The Museum is open to the public, and the community is invited in to enjoy a wide range of programs, exhibitions, and activities planned for art lovers of all ages.With high ceilings and ocean views, the newly expanded galleries provide a breathtaking new setting for art. The special exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s, co-organized by MCASD and The Menil Collection in Houston, has its West Coast debut in the Iris and Matthew Strauss Galleries. The exhibition is the first to focus on the experimental and prolific work of French American artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) during this pivotal decade, from the artist’s shooting paintings to the exuberant sculptures of women known as Nanas. The artist spent the last eight years of her life in San Diego, leaving behind a legacy of vibrant public sculptures across the region, including her only major sculpture garden in the U.S., Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido.

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Learn more about the exhibition here.In addition, the Museum’s inaugural collection installation at the expanded Joan and Irwin Jacobs Building will highlight this rich history. On display are works that have rarely been on view, including pieces by John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Sam Gilliam, Robert Irwin, Barbara Kruger, Helen Pashgian, Martin Puryear, and Marcos Ramírez ERRE, to name a few.


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MCASD Highlights

Prebys Play Days

Held on the second Sunday of each month from 10 AM – 1 PM, Prebys Play Days are opportunities for the whole family to be creative, be curious, and connect through art.   

Mornings @ the Museum 

Certified yoga instructor Taylor Jeanne leads this all-level Yoga class, coming this summer to the new Art Park @ MCASD. Discover a space to connect, find respite, and sculpt your work of art in our picturesque location overlooking a spectacular ocean view. Tickets will be available May 28.


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The Shop @ MCASD 

Shop for San Diego’s most unique and artful gifts, including MCASD branded items, Niki de Saint Phalle products, and original art from local artists. 

The Kitchen @ MCASD

Coming this summer! Locally owned Urban Kitchen Group has been contracted to oversee the new restaurant space. The Kitchen will offer seating for up to 120 (inside and out) and robust to-go options; they will make a visit to MCASD both easy and accessible while still offering an elevated culinary experience.

“25 and Under” Free Admission

MCASD will extend year-round complimentary Museum admission for all visitors ages 25 and under. This program is an open and generous invitation for youth and young adults to explore the Museum and connect with San Diego’s arts and cultural sector. Through this program, young audiences will develop a long-term love and appreciation for the arts.


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The “Art Pass” Membership Program

MCASD will also offer a free membership program for young adults ages 18-25. This program creates the opportunity for more personalized and regular communication with this audience. Art Pass Members receive benefits, including free admission until the Member’s 26th birthday.

Free Third Thursday

On the third Thursday of every month, the museum will offer free admission to all visitors and remain open late until 8 PM. Visitors can visit the museum and receive a free themed Gallery Guide-led tour beginning at 6 PM.


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MCASD Galleries

Thursday – Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla

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