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Museum Exhibitions

The Museum at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is an inviting 9,000-square-foot exhibition space that boasts three galleries, a sculpture court, and a museum store.

During exhibitions, the Museum hours are as follows:

  • Thu – Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Mon – Wed: Closed

We welcome you to learn more and mark your calendars for our upcoming exhibitions:


Writing with Pictures
Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, September 13, 2015

Writing with Pictures

This multi-media exhibition tells the story behind the creation of the picture book: why we love them, and their widening audience and role in the 21st century. This exhibition features original published artwork from local illustrators, and from artists working with local writers. Every picture tells a story!

Enhance your museum experience with a special event:

Saturday, September 12, 2015, 12:00-2:00pm | LEARN MORE | BUY TICKETS
Storytime and Signing Event with artists and authors from the exhibition

Special Event Pricing (includes admission to the museum):
General: $10 | Members: $5 | Children 12 and under & Military FREE

Visit the museum during these extended hours:

Every Friday in August, 10:00am-7:00pm

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 2:00pm-6:00pm

Applicable Fridays in September (4th & 11th), 2015, 10:00am-7:00pm

Free museum admission with proof of RSVP to that night’s Jazz Jam or Música en la Plaza.

Re-membering our Ancestors Discovering Ourselves
Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, November 22, 2015

Re-membering Our Ancestors

Día de los Muertos announces itself with luxuriant images and unforgettable icons. Local, regional, traditional and non-traditional artists share the exuberance of the holiday while contemplating how memory can reintegrate lost members of families and communities.


The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb
Saturday, January 16 – Sunday, March 6, 2016

The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb

The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without a Comb is a journey through the history of the African American hair industry and its role in our present culture. From its origins in the seat of civilization to the epicenter of the civil rights movement, the comb’s untold story takes the spotlight in this exhibition by way of 400 years’ worth of artifacts, photography, historical accounts, propaganda, and much more. Local African American entrepreneur Dr. Willie L. Morrow, the creator of the California Curl and the first Afro pick comb, presents his extensive collection along with local artists who have been invited to tell their own Hair Story.


My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action
Saturday, May 21 – Sunday, August 14, 2016

My Hero: Conetmporary Art & Superhero Action

Discover the secret life of your favorite superheroes in the sprawling collection of international artworks that is My Hero. The artists in the exhibition both pay homage to these universal idols and present critical questions about their God-like stature as they re imagine and newly interpret iconic superhero imagery. Some spin the fantasy even further by imagining the hero as a child, as an aging being, and even as an animal. The variety of interpretations in My Hero is vast and challenging, dark and humorous, familiar yet new.

Regular admission is $8. Senior (60+) and student discounts are available for $5. Center Members, Military & children 12 years and under FREE! Class tours start at $20.

Become A Museum Docent

Share your love for the visual arts with your community! Please contact Kirsten Vega at or at (760) 839-4176

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