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“Beautiful Building and Location”

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 March 2, 2014

The museum is situated overlooking the water near the seals. It is a beautiful building with plenty of free parking around. We enjoyed the featured exhibit and also enjoyed a very nice lunch in the museum café.

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Reviewed February 28, 2014

The setting of the museum is stunning. The collection was quite limited, almost all of it focused on "wrapped art" - buildings etc. wrapped in fabric - interesting but not much variety, not worth the admission fee.

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Reviewed February 16, 2014

• The La Jolla site displayed the exhibit Christo and Jeanne-Claude Featuring Works from the Bequest of David C. Copley, interesting photos and drawings. The site is wonderful, the room spacious and often with incredible view of the prospecting Pacific Ocean. Really enjoyable. As well as the little garden, displaying a few good sculptures

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Reviewed February 10, 2014

We truly enjoyed the exhibit at the Museum...The featured artist was Christo with pictures, sketches and a wonderful video. We also enjoyed the La Jolla Historic section and the lovely sculpture garden. Take time to stroll the halls of this small museum if you are in the area.

Thank Connie525
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

contemporary museum at two locations, la jolla and downtown. one ticket for both. great ocean views of surfers in la jolla.

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