The city's latest cultural icon is the Museum of Contemporary Art's downtown space, opened in 2007 and known as the Jacobs and Copley Buildings. The annex is boldly grafted onto the end of the historic Santa Fe Depot, built in 1915; it transforms what had been the train station's baggage building into a state-of-the-art museum and educational facility. Designed by the architect responsible for the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh and the Museo Picasso in Málaga, Spain, the new wing provides an additional 30,000 feet of programming space. The expansion also features permanent, site-specific work by artists Richard Serra, Jenny Holzer, and others. Across the street at America Plaza are MCASD's original downtown galleries (MCASD's flagship museum is in La Jolla). Lectures and special events for adults and children are presented, and the first Thursday evening of every month is "TNT" (Thursday Night Thing), an engaging music and arts program that's part cocktail party, part concert, part gallery opening. Free tours are given every third Thursday at 6pm and weekends at 2pm. Depending on the exhibits, allow yourself an hour.
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