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Museum of Contemporary Art

220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
+1 312-280-2660
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Ranked #129 of 366 attractions in Chicago
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs, the MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing building you must simply see if you are in Milwaukee. The wings on the building open in the morning, and then close/open at Noon, and close at the end of the day. I recommend you go outside and walk out on the grass on the south side of the building to watch and take pictures. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I went to see the exhibit inspired by 2 Frida Kahlo works and was pleased by some of the other works on display. If you're a fan of contemporary art, this museum is definitely worth a visit.

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Lewisville, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

This was a o.k. modern art museum with a decent array of paintings, sculptures, video and large room pieces. Most of the displays were just a bit too "weird" for my taste, bit I'm hardly a connoisseur of modern art. It has a very nice cafe and outdoor patio. I had a decent time, but don't expect it to be... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

There is a large downstairs area for exhibitions, 4 much smaller areas upstairs, and an outdoor area past the cafe. The work downstairs was well presented with a mix of wall art, floor art, and video display rooms which is fairly well thought out. The upstairs are narrow and served by a spiral staircase and elevator. You were backtracking on... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

There were a few things that I enjoyed, but contemporary art is not my thing. The facility is great. I just didn't enjoy the art in the museum.

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Bath, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I was fortunate to be in town during the Margritte Exhibit here. It was extremely well done and did much to further my understanding of Margritte and his contemporaries during this tie in Europe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I hadn't realized before just how beautiful and how many works of art the Chicago museum has. Its definitely worth the trip. Great way to spend a day in Chicago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

For me, modern art is sometimes best digested in small portions. I visited for the temporary exhibit of Isa Genzken and took the free audio tour that went with it (not that the front desk staff told me about the audio tour option - I had to read it in the guide and come back for the audio device). Admission... More

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Lovely building but disappointing 'art'. There was a good Alexander Calder exhibit but I still spent just 10 minutes in this place. Some things just made me laugh.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The MCA, as it is known, hosts a range of new and already well established artists' work. It is housed in a beautifully designed building (but it is Chicago!). There is plenty here for everyone, but come with an open mind because there is also plenty to challenge you conceptually and aesthetically! A great afternoon!

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