Let other museums corner the market on stuffy and inaccessible. The Museum of Contemporary Art shows how relevant and relatable art can be. Home to more than 4,000 works, the museum focuses on paintings, sculpture, photography, video, and art installations created after 1950. Founded in 1941 as the Art Center in La Jolla, the museum was originally the home of philanthropist, Ellen Browning Scripps. But interest in the museum grew so much that a second location opened in downtown San Diego in the 90s. Check out the museum’s collections of pop and minimalist art from the 60s and 70s, Latin American art, and works of emerging California artists. Listen to interviews with current creators. Bring the kids to a family ArtLab. Take a photography workshop and get the best out of your digital camera. Come to a quarterly “Thursday Night Thing” for live music, art-making activities, and interactive performances. Sit in the cafe courtyard in La Jolla amid blooming wisteria vines and nibble on the bounty of local, organic farmers. This museum brings art to life.
Haven't actually visited the paid exhibits, but have admired the sculpture garden and pieces on and around the museum property several times. As a result of a dispute with the community many years back about enclosing its grounds, the museum keeps the sculpture garden open to the public for free -- so check it out! Get to the garden area using a door straight back from the main entry, which leads to the back garden stairs.
Museum of Contemporary Art and More Nearby
1100 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, California 92101