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Daily Deal: An insider's tour of historic sites in La Jolla

October 09, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's La Jolla location will be free to visitors Nov. 3 during Open Doors La Jolla. "Pleasure Point" by artist Nancy Rubins is installed at the site.
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's La Jolla location will… (Pablo Mason / Museum of Contemporary…)

Open Doors La Jolla provides an insider's look at historic and prominent buildings in the California coastal town near San Diego. Community buildings designed by architect Irving Gill, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's La Jolla site and six other buildings will open to the public for free for one day in November.

The deal: It's the third year for the Open Doors event in what's called the town's cultural zone. Stops include the city's Recreation Center and Woman's Club, both designed by Gill; the Bishop's School, founded by philanthropist and donor Ellen Browning Scripps; and the Cuvier Club, which began life as a World War II USO hall.

When: Sites will be open 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3.

Details: There's a lot to see in 2 1/2 hours, so plan your time carefully. The $10 admission you save at the contemporary art museum at 700 Prospect St. features several shows, including a history of the museum's building called "Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage" that fits in with the open doors theme. Tours of the exhibition are available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Information: Open Doors La Jolla

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