San Diego and La Jolla

United States

1100 & 1001 Kettner Blvd / 700 Prospect Street
Phone: 858 454 3541
Fax: 858 454 6985

Museum Of Contemporary Art, San Diego

Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. A single institution with two distinctive, complementary destinations—in downtown San Diego and La Jolla—the Museum maintains a collection of more than 4,000 works of art created since 1950, selections from which are exhibited in both locations. In addition to presenting important exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures.

MCASD is accredited by the American Association of Museums. It is a private, nonprofit organization supported by its Members and a wide range of generous individuals, companies, foundations, and government agencies.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Permanent Collection

The permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), includes more than 4,000 works created after 1950, representing all media and genres: painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, film, and installation. MCASD is known for collecting works by promising emerging artists and under-recognized mid-career artists, as well as by major figures in contemporary art. Among the greatest strengths of the MCASD Collection are minimalism and Pop art of the 1960s and 70s, conceptual art from the 1960s to the present, installation art, Latin American art, and art from California and the San Diego/Tijuana region.

Many works in the collection are the result of artists\' residencies or works commissioned for MCASD exhibitions. The Museum continually seeks to enhance its strengths and to expand the representation of artistic trends in its Collection in response to new developments in art locally, nationally, and internationally. At the same time, MCASD preserves, presents, documents, and interprets its holdings for current and future audiences.


September 17, 2006 – May 13, 2007
TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art

September 17, 2006 – May 13, 2007
Santiago Cucullu

December 16, 2006 – May 13, 2007
Brian Ulrich: Copia

January 21, 2007 – May 27, 2007
Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The Hour of Prayer

January 21, 2007 – September 23, 2007
Ernesto Neto

January 21, 2007 – September 23, 2007
Richard Wright

February 17, 2007 – May 6, 2007
Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited

February 17, 2007 – May 6, 2007
Cerca Series: Hector Zamora

Exhibitions (1)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

May 20, 2007 – July 7, 2007
Modern American Masters

June 1, 2007 – September 2, 2007
Vik Muniz: Reflex

June 10, 2007 – September 23, 2007
Robert Therrien

September 23, 2007 – May 4, 2008
Sound Waves: The Art of Sampling

October 14, 2007 – January 20, 2008
Robert Irwin


General Admission $10
Seniors (65+) $5
Military (w/ ID) $5
25 and under FREE

Opening hours

MCASD in Downtown San Diego, 1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard:
11 AM – 6 PM Saturday through Tuesday
11 AM – 9 PM Thursday and Friday
Closed Wednesday

MCASD in La Jolla, 700 Prospect Street:
11 AM – 5 PM Weekdays
11 AM – 7 PM Thursday
11 AM to 5 PM Weekends
Closed Wednesday

Getting there

Getting to MCASD in Downtown San Diego: MCASD Downtown is accessible by San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Trolleys and Buses; Coaster Commuter Rail; and Amtrak. The downtown San Diego museum is also accessible via Interstate 5.

For detailed information on the Metropolitan Transit System (including routes and schedules), visit For Amtrak schedules to the Santa Fe Depot, visit

Parking at MCASD in Downtown San Diego:
Discounted parking is available with Museum validation at Five Star Parking’s Columbia Garage, 501 C Street (at Columbia). Two-hour metered street parking is also available.

Getting to MCASD in La Jolla:
MCASD La Jolla can be reached by taking Interstate 5. MCASD La Jolla is also accessible by San Diego Metropolitan Bus Line #30.

Parking at MCASD in La Jolla:
Free two-hour street parking is available near the Museum.

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MCASD Members enjoy a wide range of benefits, including free admission to both Museum locations in downtown San Diego and La Jolla; 15% off in both Museum Stores; 10% off at the Museum Cafe; special discounts and invitations to literary, film, performing arts programs, art workshops, and much more! Members also receive a subscription to VIEW, the Museum’s award-winning quarterly newsletter.