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About This Project

Museum of Photographic Arts Venue

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) was founded in 1983. This venue has an international reputation of excellence through its presentation of high quality exhibitions, lectures, publications and films. A museum without walls since 1972, MOPA became what it is today when the City of San Diego donated a 7,000-square-foot, custom-designed space in the Casa de Balboa Building in Balboa Park.

Take a moment and picture this:  Exchanging vows with your loved one under a canopy of twinkling lights, being photographed at lush trails and ponds or in the streets of Spanish Colonial architecture then celebrating your union with family and friends among works from some of the greatest photographers in history.   Too good to be true?  This is what to expect and more, when you host your wedding at The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

Inside the Venue

The Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater inside the museum accommodates a range of events, from the typical film screenings to wedding ceremonies.  Entertain your guests with a home movie or personal slideshow on the large screen while they filter into the 226 person theater.  Once guests are seated under the soft glow of incandescent twinkle lights from the ceiling. The main stage can be the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony. After your ceremony, guests can take a short stroll across from the museum and enjoy the beauty of Balboa Park during the cocktail hour by the Reflection Pond.

Return to the museum and into The David C. Copley Atrium for your next stop during your wedding extravaganza,. The David C. Copley Atrium possesses a minimalist style, high ceilings, and white walls; a blank canvas for you to create the perfect backdrop to your blissful celebration.  The Atrium can comfortably seat 140 guests with a dance floor, and the option for 250 guests for a standing reception.  The Exhibition Galleries, open throughout your event, offers a rare chance for your guests to privately view the museum’s impressive works of art, including pieces from famous photographers like Ansel Adams, Dorthea Lange, and Edward Weston, with new exhibitions travelling through three times a year.

Venue Pricing

Although prices are subject to change, rental fees on a Saturday for the Theater, Atrium, and Galleries is $3350, and the costs are lower if you choose a different day of the week or forego the Theater as a part of your rental.  The fees also include the complimentary use of 60″ round guest tables and chairs as well as a 1-year membership for two to the museum, which is a great bonus and savings.

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$$$ Moderate, 150 Guests, San Diego