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“Mini Museum”

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Ranked #23 of 76 things to do in La Jolla
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Owner description: With two locations, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is the region's foremost forum devoted to the exploration and presentation of the art of our time, presenting works across all media created since 1950. MCASD provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the community, showcasing a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and public programs. Located in the coastal community of La Jolla, take in the fabulous ocean view from the Edwards Garden Gallery, or lunch on the patio at the Museum Café. MCASD La Jolla also houses the Museum's X Store, filled with a selection of contemporary art books, apparel, and innovative design objects. Situated directly across the street from the La Jolla Cove and within walking distance to the renowned Wedding Bowl in Cuvier Park, MCASD La Jolla's spectacular ocean views and distinctive architectural design make it an exclusive venue for your big day. Our La Jolla location offer spaces that are adaptable and elegant, from a grand reception with dinner and dancing in our remarkable Axline Court to an intimate wedding ceremony overlooking the ocean in our picturesque Pacific Union Pocket Park. History Established in 1941. Founded in 1941 as The Art Center in La Jolla, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has evolved into an organization of national and international renown. The Museum serves the region as a vital cultural and civic asset, with contemporary art and living artists at its core. The La Jolla location was originally an Irving Gill-designed residence, built in 1916 as the home of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. Today, MCASD La Jolla comprises nearly three acres of prime oceanfront property, including the Edwards Sculpture Garden. Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates' renovation of MCASD's La Jolla location opened in 1996.
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Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

This is a great little museum to enjoy a cultural hour in La Jolla. The collection is a bit of an oddity, but interesting just the same. Lovely Deborah Butterfield horse sculptures and a few California classic artists. I'd definitely put this on your list - and I heard the cafe is nice but haven't gone myself.

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Reviewed January 22, 2013

This museum has on display a small part of their permanent collection of California art. The current photography exhibit was only so-so. The sculpture garden is small but has fantastic views overlooking the ocean and is worth the visit.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Beautiful location & very good food. We always enjoy taking a stroll then ending at the Museum Cafe.

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Quite a bit of the odd and interesting art you don't always get to see in the other galleries. Some concept art and also one of the rooms is art. Be careful what you lean against or sit on because it's probably art even though it looks like a wall of the building. There is a great view out over the ocean and weddings happen nearby, regularly.

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

Diverse works all one level, seven galleries in all. In cooperation with two other satellites in SD.

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