Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

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MCASD Downtown

Experience contemporary art in a historic setting — the Jacobs Building (formerly the Santa Fe Depot baggage building) — and view site-specific installations by artist Richard Serra.

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1100 Kettner Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
858-454-3541
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Hours

Thursday—Sunday, 10 AM —4 PM
Monday—Wednesday, Closed

Holidays

Open on the following national holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Closed on Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Discounts

Blue Star Families:
FREE Armed Forces Day to Labor Day*

Recipients of federal disability assistance (SSDI, SSI, VA benefits, etc)
FREE plus one personal care attendant per visitor:

Free Membership Art Pass for ages 18-25. To learn more about our Art Pass, please email us at membership@mcasd.org

Thanks to the Support generously provided by Qualcomm Foundation.


Free Days

MCASD is free on the Second Sunday and the Third Thursday of every month.

Admission

Category Price
Adults
$10
San Diego County/Tijuana Residents
$8
Members
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Free
Military
and their families with ID
Free
People 17 and Under
Generously provided by Qualcomm Foundation
Free
SNAP/EBT Card Holder
with card
Free

Reciprocal Admission

All guests participating in reciprocal admission programs (NARM, ROAM, MARP, Mod/Co) can redeem their admission directly at the front desk.

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MCASD Location Map

Getting to MCASD Downtown at 1100 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

From Interstate 5 South:

  • Exit Sassafras Street/San Diego Airport
  • Ramp merges into Kettner Boulevard
  • Travel approximately 1.5 miles on Kettner Boulevard

From Interstate 5 North:

  • Exit at 6th Avenue
  • Turn left onto 6th Avenue
  • Turn right onto Ash Street
  • Turn left onto Kettner Boulevard
  • Travel approximately 1 ½ blocks

From Interstate 163 South:

  • Exit Ash Street
  • Follow Ash Street to Kettner Boulevard
  • Turn left onto Kettner Boulevard
  • Travel approximately 1 ½ blocks

Parking

MCASD Downtown does not have a parking lot, however public garages and surface lots are nearby. Metered street parking is also available near the Museum. Street parking meters are not enforced after 6 pm, on Sundays, and certain holidays

By Trolley

  • Take the Green or Orange Line to the Santa Fe Depot or take the Blue Line to America Plaza. MCASD's Jacobs and Copley Buildings are located at 1100 Kettner Boulevard, next to the Santa Fe Depot train station.
  • On Saturdays and Sundays, two children 12 and under ride free on MTS buses and trolleys with a regular adult fare.

By Train

  • The Coaster commute trains operate daily Monday-Thursday (with extended service on Friday) between Oceanside and the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego. The station is attached to the Jacobs Building at MCASD Downtown. The Coaster runs four times on Saturdays and has no Sunday service.
  • Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner offers several daily round-trip journeys between San Luis Obispo and San Diego, making convenient stops in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. It arrives and departs from the Santa Fe Depot attached to the Jacobs Building at MCASD Downtown.

By Bus

  • MTS bus routes 83, 215 and 235 service the Santa Fe Depot. You may also utilize the MTS Trip Planner to plan an alternate route.
  • On Saturdays and Sundays, two children 12 and under ride free on MTS buses and trolleys with a regular adult fare.

From the San Diego Airport (Lindbergh Field)


  • The Museum is located 2.5 miles away from the airport, which is about a 10-minute cab ride.
  • By car, take North Harbor Drive East to West Broadway. Make a left on West Broadway. Then make a left on Kettner Blvd.
  • By bus, take the #992 bus marked "Airport/Downtown" from the airport's Commuter Terminal, Terminal 1, or Terminal 2 to the corner of Kettner and Broadway. For schedule information, visit sdmts.com.

Visitor Guidelines

Accessibility

Our entrances and most restrooms are wheelchair accessible with a limited number of wheelchairs available at Front Desk.

Food and Drink

No food or drink in the galleries.

Sketching

Sketching is permitted in the galleries (pencil only, no ink or paint) with sketchbooks no larger than eight and a half by eleven inches (twenty-one and a half by twenty-eight centimeters). Easels, stools, and sitting on the floor is not permitted.

Mobile Devices and Photography

Visitors may use mobile devices to take still photographs, but video, panorama, and other digital documentation may be restricted in some galleries.

Disruptive cell phone conversations are also discouraged.

Photography is permitted in the Museum galleries unless otherwise noted. Videotaping and tripods are prohibited.

Smoking

Smoking and e-cigarettes are not permitted anywhere on the grounds.

Touching Artwork is Not Permitted

We encourage all visitors to engage with the artwork in a safe and respectful manner. Please do not touch works of art on display and be mindful of safety barriers in place for certain artworks.

Frequently Asked Question

MCASD Downtown is committed to welcoming a wide and diverse audience, including those assisted by trained service animals. MCASD Downtown complies with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), which defines service animals as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. MCASD Downtown allows service dogs in all public areas of the museum. MCASD Downtown does not allow Emotional Support Animals (ESA) inside the museum. Emotional Support Animals, Comfort Animals, or Therapy Animals which provide comfort do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. The following questions may be asked of each visitor with a service dog: Is the service dog required because of a disability? What work or task has the dog been trained to perform? If the dog is out of control or not housebroken, the handler will be asked to remove the dog from the museum.

We’re sorry—food and beverages aren’t allowed inside the museum. Please leave food and beverage items in the car or at home or dispose of them in a trash can outside of the museum.

We do not have a coat/bag check,  but we do have a limited number of free self-service lockers for your use at our La Jolla location. Please pack lightly as the lockers are not large. Please leave large bags, backpacks, and other items bigger than 11 x 17 x 8 inches at home or in the car. Visitors with babies should bring baby supplies in bags smaller than 11 x 17 x 8 in. If you have a backpack that’s smaller than 11 x 17 x 8 in., you must wear it on the front of your body during your visit to keep the artwork safe.

Benches are located throughout the museum.

Wheelchairs will be available at the front desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Wheelchairs will be cleaned and sanitized after each use.

All sales are final and ticket purchases are nonrefundable. While we do not offer refunds on tickets, we can reschedule your ticket(s) for another date. Please email info@mcasd.org with the name on the order and a preferred date. Please keep in mind that tickets can only be scheduled/rescheduled Thursday to Sunday.

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Accessibility

MCASD is committed to creating an inclusive environment and to accommodating the diverse needs of our audience. If you require any other kind of special assistance while visiting MCASD, please contact us at 858 454 3541 or email info@mcasd.org to make arrangements.

Visitor Safety Info

COVID-19 has changed everyone’s world, including MCASD’s. Here you will find information on the current protocols, including safety measures and visitor guidelines.