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Photo by SWISH PROJECTS
Photo by SWISH PROJECTS
Photo by SWISH PROJECTS
Main Entrance of MCASD in La Jolla highlighting sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy
MCASD Coast View

MCASD

We are excited to welcome you back to MCASD’s Flagship location in La Jolla. Discover the new collection galleries and the special exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s.

We’re open today from 10 AM—4 PM
700 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
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
$25
San Diego County and Tijuana Residents
$20
Students and Seniors
$15
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 at 700 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

From Interstate 5 South:

  • Exit at La Jolla Village Drive
  • Turn right at the end of the ramp onto La Jolla Village Drive
  • Turn left at the third traffic signal onto Torrey Pines Road
  • Travel approximately 4 miles down a long hill and then back up
  • Turn right at the traffic signal on top of the rise of the road onto Prospect Street

MCASD is located approximately one mile down Prospect Street on the right-hand side. Free two-hour street parking is available in front of the Museum and on nearby cross streets.

From Interstate 5 North or 52 West:

  • Exit at La Jolla Parkway
  • Exit ramps are very long and merge directly into Torrey Pines Road
  • Travel approximately 4 miles down a long hill and then back up
  • Turn right at the traffic signal on top of the rise of the road onto Prospect Street

MCASD is located approximately one mile down Prospect Street on the right-hand side. Free two-hour street parking is available in front of the Museum and on nearby cross streets.

By Bus

  • MTS Bus Line #30 services the La Jolla Village area.
  • On Saturdays and Sundays, two children 12 and under ride free on MTS buses and trolleys with a regular adult fare.
  • All San Diego Metropolitan Transit System trolleys and buses are wheelchair accessible.

By Bike

A bike rack can be found to the left of our main entrance.

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.

Smoking

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

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.

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Question

MCASD is committed to welcoming a wide and diverse audience, including those assisted by trained service animals. MCASD 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 allows service dogs in all public areas of the museum. MCASD 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.