Creative Coastal Culture: Discover the La Jolla Arts Scene

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La Jolla has long been a popular destination for visitors, and it’s no surprise why: the coastal neighborhood just 15 minutes north of downtown San Diego offers some of San Diego’s most scenic views and stunning beaches. But there’s much more to this coastal neighborhood when you step off the sand, especially if you’re an arts lover.

La Jolla is home to incredible museums, outdoor sculptures and murals, and one of the world’s best theater companies, just to name a few of the area’s fabulous features.

Get to Know the Vibrant Art and Culture of La Jolla

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Magnificent Museums

La Jolla’s variety of museums offer something for everyone:

Art in the Outdoors

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This Julian Opie mural is just one of many in the Murals of La Jolla collection

With such beautiful natural surroundings, the best way to enjoy the arts in La Jolla is outdoors.

  • The Stuart Collection at the University of San Diego, California is full of surprises that will delight visitors.
  • Take a walking tour of downtown La Jolla to search for all the artworks in the Murals of La Jolla collection.
  • In addition to the exhibitions on their galleries, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego features a spectacular sculpture garden overlooking the Pacific coastline.

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Candice

About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!). What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day? Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah. What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity? Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter. Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine? Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger. Latest music purchases for my iPod player are… I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately. Follow Candice on Twitter @candicesd

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