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Museum of Photographic Arts

San Diego , CA
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1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA US 92101 (map)

PHONE

619-238-7559

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ABOUT US

Celebrate Your Event in Picture Perfect Style
Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, MOPA provides a sophisticated venue for special events, offering guests exclusive access to MOPA’s... Read more
Celebrate Your Event in Picture Perfect Style
Nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, MOPA provides a sophisticated venue for special events, offering guests exclusive access to MOPA’s world renowned exhibitions and close proximity to the Park’s amenities. MOPA’s contemporary design provides an innovative environment for private parties, corporate gatherings, wedding receptions, and fundraisers.

David C. Copley Atrium Beautiful for private parties, corporate gatherings, wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. 2,400 square feet Seated dinners for 140 guests Standing receptions for 200 guests Porcelain travertine flooring Six skylights set in a 24-foot high ceiling Adjacent photographic galleries









Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater State-of-the-art film and video theater.Ideal venue for film screenings, lectures, conferences, classes and wedding ceremonies. 226 guest accommodation Dolby SR Sound Stage: 18’ wide and 8’ deep Screen: 23’4” wide and 12’ high 16 and 35 mm film projectors PAL/NTSC Region Free DVD Player Christie DLP Digital Cinema Venue Features Private access to Museum’s current exhibitions. Outdoor patio space for pre-reception cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres. Photo booth inside the MOPA Store– great activity for entertaining guests! Flat screen TV monitor on the atrium wall for displaying photo memory DVDs or corporate logos. Convenient location, minutes away from the San Diego airport and Gaslamp hotels and restaurants. Just steps away from Balboa Park’s many beautiful outdoor ceremony sites. Scenic backdrops for your wedding photography just outside MOPA. Complimentary use of MOPA’s banquet tables and chairs. Planning assistance and referrals from MOPA’s knowledgeable Special Events Department To learn more about Picture Perfect Events or to schedule an appointment to tour the Museum, please contact the Special Events Department at events@mopa.org or at 619.238.7559 X290. Read less
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holly
Wedding:
8/3/2013
4.8/5.0
We held our reception at MOPA and our ceremony across Balboa Park at another venue.
*Melissa, the Manager of Special Events at the museum, was a great resource. She worked well with us and our wedding coordinator, she helped us plan the layout of the reception, and she provided a great recommendation for our catere
*It's located in Balboa Park, a beautiful location for a wedding, and we had cocktail hour on the lawn of the Botanic Garden, which was arranged by MOPA
*It was the perfect size for our 100 person wedding (although it can hold up to 100 people)
*You can bring in your own liquor, which helps to save a TON of money
*Guests can check out the exhibit on display but don't get lost in a huge museum

We loved it and would definitely recommend it.
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OlegSD
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding reception at the museum on August 20th, 2011, and we could not have been happier with our choice of venue. As other reviewers have said, the museum provides a contemporary look and feel, while providing an awesome location in the historic Balboa Park, with all the wonderful photo opportunities. The atrium, which is used for the reception, is a large rectangular space, with very high ceilings, huge skylights, and clean white walls that provide endless possibilities for decoration (we had a number of uplights set up along the walls, and that worked out perfectly in accenting all the floral arrangements and other decorations). We had our ceremony at the Zoro Garden, which is an awesome outdoor venue next door to the museum. The museum also offers the use of its theater for the ceremony, which we did not use. We also utilized the photobooth option from the museum, which was a great addition to our wedding, and which we used as a party favor for our guests. Our guests also had access to the museum exhibits, which was wonderful. Finally, we also used the projectionist offered by the museum, which displayed various photos of us throughout the night, and incorporated some Powerpoint presentations for toasts from our guests.

One of the best parts of choosing this venue is getting to plan your wedding with Melissa Pfeiffer, who is the special events coordinator with the museum. In one word, she is amazing! Melissa worked with us throughout the planning process. She was very responsive to all of our communications, accommodating with all of our requests, and very flexible with numerous changes that we made throughout the process. Melissa went out of her way to make sure we are happy with everything, and that everything turned out exactly how we wanted. Melissa was also the day-of coordinator at the museum, and everything went flawlessly. Her and the rest of the museum staff are wonderful, and we couldn't have been happier!
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mrsmeader
Wedding:
7/31/2010
5.0/5.0
We wanted a unique venue that would be able to accommodate a mix of contemporary and traditional where we could have both the ceremony and reception in one place....we found EXACTLY what we were looking for at MOPA. When we first saw the photos of the space online, we thought there was no way we could afford such an incredible venue, but for both the ceremony location and reception venue (where we could actually have our own vendors!), including day-of MOPA staff, we were shocked at what we actually paid.

The theater space was so beautiful and it was something that some of our out-of-town guests had never even dreamed of for a wedding! Nothing like getting hitched indoors but under the stars at the same time! Included was the assistance of a projectionist so that you get music and lighting.

The reception space (though it looks tight for 120-140 people) is actually very reasonable and having access to the galleries is an amazing treat. Maybe it's not for everyone, but our lively family LOVED the unlimited access to the in-house photobooth which can also be rented for about 1/2 the cost of going to a private company. We now have a stack of photo strips of our family and friends for our wedding album since the booth prints 2 strips per visit! :)

The venue is really awesome. The one drawback is that there can be some logistical challenges. There isn't a full kitchen so you need a caterer who is comfortable with that evironment. We went with TOAST who was AMAZING. They recommended renting an oven (only $250 more) which was totally worth it so that much of the food could be cooked onsite and not just pre-cooked/reheated. There is a loading dock but it has an elevator so if you have any family/friends doing flowers, cake, etc. like we did, it's a LOT of running around...get ready to hoof it. But all-in-all, it was totally worth the work to have such an amazing space. Most of our guests said they had never seen anything like it.

100% recommendation!
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Hannah
Wedding:
10/24/2009
5.0/5.0
The MOPA was a perfect venue for our medium size wedding. We used the patio for our cocktail hour and the main room for the dinner for 140 people. Our guests also enjoyed access to the gallery during our event. After dinner we rolled away tables to expand the dance floor and invite more friends to drink and dance the night away (I don't even remember seeing them roll away tables, it was like they just disappeared. We also sat our wedding party at the tables so they had a heads up of what was going to happen.). We worked with Melissa (pfeiffer@mopa.org) to plan our event and she was awesome! Matty was there the day of to take care of venue logistics and he was also great to work with. We've received so many great compliments about our reception venue and our guests thought it was a unique and beautiful venue.
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itsacherrylife
Wedding:
10/24/2009
5.0/5.0
The MOPA was a perfect venue for our medium size wedding. We used the patio for our cocktail hour and the main room for the dinner for 140 people. Our guests also enjoyed access to the gallery during our event. After dinner we rolled away tables to expand the dance floor and invite more friends to drink and dance the night away (I don't even remember seeing them roll away tables, it was like they just disappeared. We also sat our wedding party at the tables so they had a heads up of what was going to happen.). We worked with Melissa (pfeiffer@mopa.org) to plan our event and she was awesome! Matty was there the day of to take care of venue logistics and he was also great to work with. We've received so many great compliments about our reception venue and our guests thought it was a unique and beautiful venue.
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