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Museum of Contemporary Art

Address: 220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
Phone Number: +1 312-280-2660
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Ranked #73 of 305 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.
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Palatine, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Highly recommend this exhibit. I am a big fan- seeing the Diamond Dog tour as a very young guy, and the somewhat disappointing Glass Spider tour. The exhibit is a great dive through his career. Bowie is so interesting- blurring the lines of sexuality and art.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

What an amazing collection of memorabilia! I am a little young for Bowies early years, but man oh man did I enjoy this exhibit. Fabulously put together and so informative, all while you are rocking out with your headset to the great Bowie tunes that we all know so well. Go, go, go before it's gone. It is sooooo worth... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This museum never disappoints. Go every time Im in Chicago. There is always a brilliant and thoughtfully curated exhibit. David Bowie Is raised the bar even higher (if that was possible) A complete interactive experience that was awe inspiring. If you are to go to any museum in chicago, this is the one to pick!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My husband and I only had one day in Chicago and the David Bowie exhibit was one of the things we wanted to see the most. I had high expectations, being a fan of the artist myself, but it was way better than expected! Awesome setting and so much material! I was very impressed. The only thing that would have... More 

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Hurst, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This was the most amazing exhibit! We stumbled upon it as we were working our way through the Go Pass. The MCA is a small museum and was between installations in the main galleries but the David Bowie Is...was an amazing exhibit. The lighting, sound and exhibits made for an interesting and thought provoking day. The music brought back a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My wife and I visited the MCA for the first time on a Sunday in early December. We didn't know a lot about David Bowie but we were very impressed by this expansive exhibit. Visitors get a headset which provides audio commentary and music as you walk through. The use of technology and space and sounds and lighting was all... More 

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Richmond, KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I've been a Bowie fan for over 40 years and was very excited about going to see the exhibit and boy did it not disappoint. The collection was unbelievable and seemed to never end. The finish was an over the top tribute to four decades of live performances and everyone in the room was smiling and singing along. This is... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I feel bad for unsuspecting tourists that come and waste their precious hours in Chicago on the MCA. There's so much to see here but this place is a complete bust. I live in the city and came here on a lazy free weekend. Luckily I didn't pay anything to come but nonetheless I was quite disappointed in the offerings.... More 

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

Hi AlMasri, We'd love to hear more about what you would have liked to see instead, or what you saw but didn't like and why you didn't like it. We're always looking for ways to improve a visit and more details about your visit would help us better plan for the future. And we do hope you will consider visiting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We caught the "David Bowie is" exhibit at the MCA and it was a blast thru his past, an interactive trip showcasing the career of a rock and roll pioneer. Even if you don't know much about David Bowie you will find the exhibit to be well thought out and impressively staged. The Chicago MCA does a fine job here,... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I went to the museum for the David Bowie Is...exhibit. To be honest, had it not been for this exhibit, I would not have gone. The Bowie exhibit was AMAZING! It was truly an experience. I was devoured by it and loved every second. A true masterpiece of curating and an unstoppable force like I have never seen before. It... More 

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