Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego


The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego welcomes all to experience our region and ourselves through the prism of contemporary art. MCASD achieves this mission because of visionary supporters who believe in the transformative power of art.

More than a Museum: A Place to Find Yourself
Facilitating internal reflection: “It’s a gateway to find yourself…”

MCASD is the site of shared experiences and reflection that our community deserves. The artworks and artists spark insight, inspiration and ideas that have the power to create change within ourselves.

“More than a museum, MCASD is a gateway,” said Ovi, a participant of the museum’s teen learning program, the Teen Art Collective. “It is a gateway to the world. That you can see different parts of the world and see that you are not alone and maybe you could also see yourself on the wall. It is a gateway to find yourself, in a sense.”

Through its education programs, MCASD acts as much more than a museum. This year alone, the Extended School Partnerships program has served more than 500 students, engaging them in creative thinking. Through ESP, middle and high school teachers throughout San Diego County use the museum as an extension of their classroom and curriculum. Field trips, in-classroom art lessons, and key feedback from museum educators comprise a unique arts experience for today’s youth.

Every second Sunday, MCASD also hosts free family days. Play Day has welcomed over 3,500 visitors to the Museum. Based out of Conrad Prebys Learning Center and spilling out onto terraces and throughout galleries, these days include free admission, tours especially created for multigenerational participants, at-your-own-pace guides, hands-on art activities, an accessible food program and transportation.

More than a Museum: A Celebration of our Region
Galleries expansive enough to display historic holdings and mirror the region’s cultural ambition

MCASD’s collection includes more than 5,600 objects in all media, dating from 1950 to the present, and roughly captures the dates of the museum’s existence. The nearly 8-decades-old cultural leader shows world-class art from a local vantage.

“Our collection is lauded and our art is singular. It comes from around the globe, across the border, and, yes, from here in San Diego,” Kathryn Kanjo, MCASD’s David C. Copley director and CEO shared with GB Magazine. “We are the world-class museum for this world-class City.”

Alongside abstract legacies of modernism is art that represents the people, places and things that describe our world – image-rich works that are familiar and unexpected, objects that embrace the culture of our border region and extend south to Latin America. International in scope, the collection demonstrates pride of place: the West Coast, broadly, and San Diego specifically.

MCASD invites you to support our museum – your museum – in creating an art museum for the 21st century: One that serves its community, offering a space where people can see themselves and their reality reflected.

New this year, individuals may now also donate a vehicle. The funds donated support the museum’s annual operations.

Visit to learn how you can make a donation to MCASD today.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego reopened its La Jolla campus in 2022, welcoming and engaging more than 160,000 people at its galleries and programs within the first year.

Every second Sunday, MCASD hosts free family days.

MCASD’s Extended School Partnerships program has served more than 500 students, engaging them in creative thinking.