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Museum of Contemporary Art

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Address: 220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue 10:00 - 20:00
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Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational...

Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs, the MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art is a nice museum near the old Water Tower downtown devoted to contemporary art. Here are a few points.. 1. At 12$ per adult, the price is about... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Museum of Contemporary Art is a nice museum near the old Water Tower downtown devoted to contemporary art. Here are a few points.. 1. At 12$ per adult, the price is about right. Cheaper rates apply for kids and students. 2. Like all museums, and especially contemporary ones, exhibits rotate. If you want to avoid the disappointment of up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Needless to say that, this museum is not for everyone. But, if you are a contemporary art fan, like me; you will obviously fall in love with this well-curated small museum. But please check the current exhibits before you visit.

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I were in town for the weekend and wanted to do something different so we decided on this. It was an amazing experience, it is hard to put it in words however we were left speechless at points. Even though the gallery is not huge, give yourself time, some of the pieces are truly immersive. Two points:... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, I know contemporary art can be challenging but a lot of exhibits here didn't really draw me in. In fact, some of it pushed me away and made me wonder what the heck is it supposed to mean. They do change out the exhibits, so I guess it depends on when you visit and what is on display. I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We live across the street from the MCA and are members; some exhibits are truly outstanding (Kerry James Marshall, most recently; David Bowie; Chuck Close, for example) but all are thought provoking. The MCA often pushes the envelope; some exhibits may be unpleasant for some viewers, so be sure you know what's there before you visit. Excellent truly contemporary permanent... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

MOCA is quite neat to the Magnificent Mile and the Michigan Lake. It's really and over priced cause the admission is 12$. The sympathetic imagination, the Diana Thater's exhibition only consisted in 11 installations. You probably must be a contemporary art lover to appreciate this museum or, you can visit it if you want to start an experience with contemporary... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I can't lie - this isn't my favorite Modern Art Museum I've ever been to. I feel like they sometimes have good come-and-go exhibits, but usually everything is so underwhelming. This is not a must-see, in my opinion, unless they happen to have some special exhibit you specifically want to visit.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

This is an enjoyable art museum. I find modern art can be thought provoking or even amusing at times. The building is quite nice, one of the stairways looks interesting when you look up it.

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Abraham R, General Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us Don P! Let us know what we can do next time to get to 5 stars . . . er, dots, from you. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

We visited this museum on a rainy day. There is a free coat check, and there are free docent-led tours daily. The tour was helpful to me in appreciating a video installation that I think would otherwise have been utterly lost on me. There was a photography exhibit that my aunt enjoyed while I took the tour. I would not... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

I've lived here all my life, just outside Chicago, and this is one museum I had never visited. I have seen most all of the others, many of which I love to go back to to see new exhibits that seem to occur on a regular basis. We are long time fans of the Art Institute, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium,... More 

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Abraham R, General Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Hi meezer3, thanks for visiting us, and actually if you'd visited just a couple of months ago you would have experienced an exhibition that was solely focused on paintings, by artist Kerry James Marshall. As a contemporary art museum we've been committed from our founding to showing new and experimental artists so while paintings and sculpture are a part of... More 

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