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Please note: MCASD La Jolla is currently closed for a major renovation and expansion project that will quadruple current gallery space. Learn more

With two locations, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) 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. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego and in the coastal community of La Jolla, MCASD provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the community, showcasing an internationally recognized collection and a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and public programs.

At MCASD Downtown, experience contemporary art in a historic setting - the Jacobs Building, formerly the Santa Fe Depot baggage building - and view site-specific installation by artist Richard Serra. At MCASD La Jolla, take in the fabulous ocean view from the Edwards Garden Gallery, enjoy lunch at the Museum Cafe, or peruse a selection of contemporary books and innovative design objects at the Museum's X Store.


Mission Statement

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego invites all audiences to experience our world, our region, and ourselves through the prism of contemporary art.
MCASD seeks to harness the potency of contemporary art to inspire expansive thinking and an inclusive world.
At MCASD, we believe:
  • art is essential to our well-being.
  • artists are visionary thinkers and innovators.
  • contemporary art illuminates the issues of our time.
  • the preservation and care of art is critical for the future.
  • in listening and responding to the needs of our diverse publics and communities.
  • in respecting our differences and challenging our biases.
  • in embracing the vibrancy of our binational region.