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Address: 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, San Diego, CA
Phone Number: 858 454 3541
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Thu - Tue 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: Actually located in La Jolla, this museum has more than 3,000 works which...
Actually located in La Jolla, this museum has more than 3,000 works which vie for attention with the stunning views of the Pacific.
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Exhibitions change - the cafe is a 'must'

Though the museum has a good permanent collection, little is generally on view except in the sculpture garden. It is primarily dedicated to changing exhibitions which are always... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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La Jolla, California
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La Jolla, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Though the museum has a good permanent collection, little is generally on view except in the sculpture garden. It is primarily dedicated to changing exhibitions which are always well curated and sometimes of exceptional merit. The cafe and outdoor dining provide a delightful lunch - and no museum admission charge is required.

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Portland, Maine
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This museum would be worth the visit for a coffee on the terrace, a walk through its beautiful inside and outside spaces, and its gift shop. That it also has some excellent contemporary paintings and sculpture is a bonus.

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San Diego, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

A lovely museum - great art, nice little gift shop, beautiful view, a wonderful restaurant next door.

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Portland, OR
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

MCASD shows are usually very interesting, but they may not be to your taste if you like only traditional art. The shop has a large array of art books and artists' books, as well as a good selection of gift items. The cafe is very pleasant and serves good food.

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Littleton, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I'll keep it short and sweet--If you like excellent modern and contemporary art-do not miss this museum! Exquisite views of the ocean on the second floor, during whale watching season, you can see whales migrating!

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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313 reviews 313 reviews
191 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I’m rating this museum a “2” because the lack of interesting art outweighed the design and location of the building. I have visited here several times over the years, and I’m sorry to say that I have rarely found much to admire about the exhibits that have been featured. Please understand that this is simply a comment about my taste,... More 

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Lviv, L'vivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Not big, but very interesting gallery. Once a week free entrance for SD residence. Recommend you to ask about the guide.

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La Jolla, California
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203 reviews 203 reviews
64 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A neat museum at the edge of town. Parking can be a problem but the museum and the views of the Pacific are well work the walk from where ever you have to park. There is also a very good restaurant associated with the Museum.

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Fort Worth, TX
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I am not a great fan of modern art. This museum, however, offered works made from ordinary materials and, frankly, both ordinary and exceptional artists.

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New York City, New York
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had a great time here with the kids. A little hard to keep them interested the whole time, but that's to be expected. Great art, fun layout, great place to visit in San Diego.

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