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Museum of Photographic Arts Company Information

  • San Diego
  • 92122
  • California
  • United States


The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) is one of the nation's premier institutions dedicated solely to photography and film. Located in historic Balboa Park, our world class museum offers an annual calendar of exceptional exhibitions, educational programs, films, and lifetime learning opportunities. Each year over 100,000 patrons visit MoPA with an additional 96,000 yearly visits to our main website, along with another 102,000 yearly visits to our CARE (Collaborative Arts Resources for Education) Program website. They leave with a diverse and enriching visual art experience, unique to San Diego and the national photographic community. As one of three independent photography museums in the nation and the only museum in California devoted to lens-based imagery, MoPA values innovation and education. We believe photography is the visual currency of our time—that its power exists well beyond institutional walls. We want our patrons to understand this paradigm, and believe the hallmark of a successful museum visit is an enlightened mind. MoPA has a strong history of innovative partnerships. Our exhibitions have traveled to seven countries internationally. Our educational programs have inspired tens of thousands of students. For over 25 years we have helped catalyze the history and future of photography, and are poised to continue over the next 25 years. As the digital age reframes the meaning and use of photography and related media we view ourselves as a laboratory for new ideas. As an institution dedicated to the medium of photography and film, we help our audience become literate visual consumers. We strive to carry out four core values: to inspire all visitors, while fostering their ability to learn, see and create. This is a challenge we embrace. It encourages greater internal functionality, and demands that we remain innovative and focused on the future. By delivering this functionality to all stakeholders of the museum, we are taking an active role helping define in the future of lens-based imagery.

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