Museum of Photographic Arts

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Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego.

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) is a museum in San Diego’s Balboa Park. First founded in 1974, MOPA opened in 1983.[1][2] MOPA is one of three museums in the US dedicated exclusively to the collection and preservation of photography, with a mission to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film and video.[3] The museum's address is 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA, 92101.


Arthur Ollman was the Museum of Photographic Arts's first Executive Director. Deborah Klochko is the current (2013) Executive Director. In March 2000, the museum re-opened to the public after a twelve-month renovation project.[2] It expanded its gallery space and added a classroom, a theater, a print viewing room and a 20,000-volume library.[3]


Over the years, MOPA has collected thousands of photographs that currently reside in the museum’s permanent collection, which includes photographs that span the history of photography.[4] It includes collections from film maker Lou Stoumen’s estate as well as the entire Nagasaki Journey: The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata, August 10, 1945.

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  • Showley, Roger M. (1999). Balboa Park: A Millennium History. Heritage Media Corp. ISBN 1-886483-40-X. 

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Coordinates: 32°43′52″N 117°08′56″W / 32.731°N 117.149°W / 32.731; -117.149