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Museum of Contemporary Photography

At Columbia College Chicago, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
+1 312-663-5554
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A completely unplanned visit with delightful results!

This was near our hotel (The Hilton Chicago), so when we walked past it and saw that it was free... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Washington, Missouri
Lots of blank space...

Saw Re:collection this afternoon. Overall, it was ok. The exhibit is free which is nice in a city... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to the medium of photography and its evolving, interdisciplinary approaches. Visit the Museum in the heart of Chicago's South Loop to discover how engaging with the dynamic MoCP community can enrich your enjoyment and appreciation for the arts.
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  • Average24%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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At Columbia College Chicago, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-663-5554
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was near our hotel (The Hilton Chicago), so when we walked past it and saw that it was free, we decided, "Why not?" Well it was an hour WELL SPENT. The exhibit we saw was the work of Ai Weiwei, a Chinese contemporary artist...More

Thank lhaddox
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw Re:collection this afternoon. Overall, it was ok. The exhibit is free which is nice in a city where you are asked to pay for most entertainment. The current exhibit seems somewhat small, it only took us about 30 minutes to view. Also, I'd say...More

Thank Sarah24237
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

3 floors of unique photography, worth looking to see what's there. Also you can't beat the price since it's free.

Thank Rahm R
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Loved the photography! We learned so much listening to a tour, history, reasoning, and clarification. Please go. It's worth a visit and it's free.

Thank Katie K
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is a great place to stop by when you're in Chicago. The exhibitions are temporary, so you are going to get something new and interesting. The work seems to reflect local life and culture, so that's a real bonus. The museum is free, so...More

Thank McG_Road_Warrior
Reviewed 12 September 2016

I wandered in here a few years ago on a cold rainy day. Since then I make a point to stop in when I'm in Chicago. I've enjoyed some exhibitions more than others but I've always been pleased with how they've been curated. Accordingly, some...More

Thank RachelF940
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Visiting the Museum of Contemporary Photography is on a donation basis and a great activity if the weather is not going in your favor. There were a large amount of photography on display but it was freezing in the exhibit. If you love photography I...More

Thank Lia D
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Good special exhibit in petcoal and the environment. Based on the website i expected to be able to see the permanent exhibit e.g. ansel adams, cartier bresson etc. ***for these you need to make arrangements 2 weeks in advance***

1  Thank Uli K
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

There was no way I was going to miss this museum of photography due to its free entry so I wandered up from the main shopping area to the museum which is about halfway the distance of millennium park on the opposite side on the...More

Thank Metrox
Reviewed 9 August 2016

MoCP is a FREE photography museum attached to Columbia College in Chicago, and it is most certainly worth a visit. From reading other reviews, I have gathered that the exhibition regularly changes. The exhibition I saw focused on the oil industry and the damage it...More

Thank Bonzostar
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a
good starting point to sample the city's energy and
flavor. This central business district boasts
Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier
shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of
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