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Museum of Photographic Arts to Reopen

MOPA reopens with modified schedule after temporary closure due to stay-at-home orders

Visitors to enjoy a welcome-back gift from the MOPA Shop

San Diego CA— After a months-long closure during COVID-19’s stay-at-home order, the Museum of Photographic Arts will reopen to the public on July 4. As part of the welcome-back experience, guests will receive a MOPA Shop gift with their admission.


To create the best experience for everyone, staff and guests must remain six feet apart inside MOPA’s galleries and facial coverings must be worn at all times. Museum staff received training to maintain a safe environment for all visitors.

Signs are posted outside the museum doors and inside galleries with the museum’s safety protocols. Following social-distancing and health guidelines from local and state leaders, other sanitation and hygienic measures will be put in place throughout the museum.

Especially during this time, MOPA wants to make photography accessible to everyone seeking to connect with art. By reopening its doors, the museum will create a place for big ideas and concepts to be shared through photography. As a center for visual learning, MOPA continues to encourage people to engage in the best that photography has to offer.

In conjunction with the MOPA reopening, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum (SDMRM) and the San Diego History Center will reopen their doors on July 4. Deborah Klochko, MOPA’s executive director, Anthony Ridenhour, SDMRM’s executive director, and Bill Lawrence, San Diego History Center’s executive director, will be available for interviews.

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MOPA has two exhibitions currently on view.

  • Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography” is an innovative show where MOPA makes the unique perspective of Chinese artists approachable. Visitors can explore how thousands of years of pictorial traditions continue to influence the arts today. This exhibition stay at the museum has been extended until 2021.
  • Illusion: The Magic of Motion” welcomes guests who are looking to witness centuries of scientific and artistic explorations. Visitors will explore how early works and today’s contemporary art shaped how we see motion.

Interactive displays in both exhibitions will remain closed at this time to protect the safety of guests.

“It is in times like these that we must remain aware and knowledgeable,” MOPA Executive Director and Chief Curator Deborah Klochko said. “Following county and state advice, MOPA reopens in Balboa Park and welcomes you to re-discover the world of photography. Our message to guests is to keep their distance from each other – but get up close and personal with the art.”



  • Members-only opening: July 2-3, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • General public opening: July 4-5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Summer hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


MOPA’s Pay What You Wish Program

MOPA welcomes visitors through donation-based admission. Guests can enjoy access to this state-of-the-art exhibition with suggested donations of $5-10 through MOPA’s Pay What You Wish program. The program is possible thanks to donor, member and guest contributions.