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Tours

Welcome to MCASD’s tour page. Please find the tour you’re interested in and book your tour here:
Booking a MCASD Tour Experience

Tour Offerings:

MCASD LA JOLLA:

  • General Tour: A guided tour of the Museum’s special exhibition and permanent collection.
  • Borderlands SD & TJ: A history of the border through the lens of contemporary artists and artworks.
  • Women Artists of Color in MCASD's Collection: A look at the ways in which intersectional identities have influenced artistic practice.
  • MCASD's Architectural History: An overview of the Museum's architectural history, focusing on the new expansion and the artworks surrounding it.
  • Roaming the Perimeter: A tour of outdoor artworks, including works in the Sculpture Garden.
  • Materiality in Art: Explore how artists use materials to express their ideas and themes.
  • Abstraction in Art: Discover abstract art from the 1960s-70s in MCASD’s collection.
  • Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960's: Learn about Niki de Saint Phalle's art practice and legacy, including her Tir and Nana series.
  • Contemporary Art for Beginners: Explore basic elements of art appreciation, including language for artistic techniques and approaches for how to "look" at contemporary art.
  • All About Kids: A fun and engaging tour for children to learn the basic elements of art.

For questions and accommodations, email education@mcasd.org

* If your group has more than 45 visitors, please contact the Education Department at education@mcasd.org. Please note that the museum reserves the right to adjust the maximum group size and/or break your group into smaller groups based on the nature of our exhibitions.

Look & Explore Tour

A Look & Explore Tour is an hour-long, visitor-centered dialogue in which visitors gain a greater understanding of works on view through visual inquiry and in-gallery activities. Museum educators facilitate lively conversations on a select number of artworks, site-specific installations, or the architecture of the museum to allow. Look & Explore Tours must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance and any applicable fees must be paid in full a minimum of one-week prior to the tour.

School Groups

MCASD offers guided tours and workshops for K-12 groups. All Title I schools are eligible for MCASD's Full Transit Scholarship.Learn more here

  • Available: Between 10 AM – 4 PM Thursday through Sunday

  • Group Size: Maximum group size of 45 people per group; 1 adult chaperone required per every 15 participants.

  • Cost: Free

Higher Education Groups

  • Available: Between 10 AM – 4 PM Thursday through Sunday

  • Group Size: Maximum group size of 45 people per group

  • Cost: Free w/ ID

Community Groups + Private Groups

  • Available: Between 10 AM – 4 PM Thursday through Sunday
  • Group Size: Maximum group size of 45 people per group; 1 adult chaperone is required per every 15 participants.
  • Cost: Admission cost + $50 tour fee

Look & Explore + Workshop

Workshops build on the Look & Explore Tour with an additional 1-hour workshop experience in which visitors also explore process and materials. Workshops offer visitors a unique opportunity to work with museum educators on a project inspired by works on view. Workshops must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance and any applicable fees must be paid in full a minimum of one-week prior to the workshop.

Student + Higher Education Groups

  • Available: Between 10 AM – 4 PM Thursday through Sunday

  • Group Size: Maximum group size of 45 people per group; 1 adult chaperone required per every 15 participants.

  • Cost: $15 per person (admission included)

Community + Private Tours

  • Available: Between 10 AM – 4 PM Thursday through Sunday
  • Group Size: Maximum group size of 45 people per group; 1 adult chaperone required per every 15 participants.

Cost: Admission cost + $15 dollars per person

Self-Guided Tours

Self-Guided Tours give educators the ability to use the Museum galleries as an extended classroom. Self-Guided tours must be scheduled at least 2-weeks in advance to guarantee access for your group. Admission should be paid upon arrival.

  • Available: Between 10 AM – 4 PM Thursday through Sunday

  • Group Size: Maximum group size of 45 people per group

  • Cost: Free with admission

Public Tours

Join MCASD’s museum educators for public tours at MCASD La Jolla on Saturday at 2 PM.

Tours are also held at 6 PM on the Third Thursday of the month. No reservations necessary.

Cost: Free with admission.