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Performer arm wrestling camera holder while wearing a luchador mask
A woman with white skin holding a bag walking between colorful draped fabric on a wall and a colorful paper work on the ground
A person on a black bench with headphones on watching a projection in a dim room

Now through June 4, step into a dream-like world inspired by lucha libre at the immersive experience La Lucha. At MCASD's Joan and Irwin Jacobs Building in Downtown San Diego, the vibrant and immersive show will plunge you into a story of forbidden love, secret portals, and ringside thrills.

MCASD Downtown welcomes people to artistic performances, exhibitions, events, and experiences following a flexible schedule.
Please check our events tab for more.
1100 Kettner Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
858-454-3541

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 with "Art Pass" on the subject line at membership@mcasd.org
Thanks to the Support generously provided by Qualcomm Foundation.

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and all other holidays that fall on Monday - Wednesday.

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

Getting Here

MCASD Location Map

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

  • Exit Sassafras Street/San Diego Airport
  • Ramp merges into Kettner Boulevard
  • Travel approximately 1.5 miles on Kettner Boulevard
  • Exit at 6th Avenue
  • Turn left onto 6th Avenue
  • Turn right onto Ash Street
  • Turn left onto Kettner Boulevard
  • Travel approximately 1 ½ blocks
  • Exit Ash Street
  • Follow Ash Street to Kettner Boulevard
  • Turn left onto Kettner Boulevard
  • Travel approximately 1 ½ blocks

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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

No food or drink in the galleries.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

The Shop at MCASD strives to be an original voice in the La Jolla, CA retail landscape, supporting the Museum’s commitment to celebrate the vitality of contemporary art and its power to enrich our everyday life.


Members receive a 10% discount.

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