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Museum of Bad Art

580 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Dedham
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums
Description: A collection of some bad and weird art from talented and not-so-talented artists whose works have gone terribly awry.
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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This place is not hard to find - get off at Davis (red line - north) and head to sommerville theatre. You deifnitely won't be able to miss it because its huge compared to the things around Davis Square. FYI - MOBA is INSIDE the theatre. so you would have to purchase a ticket for a show to get into... More

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Most important is the fact that this museum is now either defunct or no longer in this location. The "art" that hung on the basement walls outside the men's room is gone, and has been replaced by other art that looks a bit more respectable. The art consisted of roughly 20 pieces, most if not all paintings, hung on the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Museum of Bad Art used to be in the basement of the Dedham Community Theater and was always great, but it's no longer there. Gone. The theater itself is still there and shows mainly independent movies on 2 screens.

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washington DC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

you have nothing to lose. The museum of Bad Art is a free "museum". Really it's an unfinished room in the basement of a community theatre, and bad art hangs on the wall. Clever and humorous descriptions accompany each work of art. Fun side trip if you have 20 minutes to kill and want a good laugh.

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Charlemont, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I don't know what Bigfish a go-go expected, but bad art is bad art. Did he expect to find some of da Vinci's cast offs? As for the price, how can you waste your money on something that is free?? I have stopped in there a couple of times over the last few years and have always found it to... More

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Dedham, Massachusetts, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

The Museum of Bad Art is free. It is a good place to visit if you are in the area anyway. Otherwise it is not worth the trip. The Dedham Theater that hosts the museum is very nice.

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New York City, New York
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148 reviews 148 reviews
123 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

In the downstairs of a movie house - on the way to the men's bathroom - is a one room exhibit of truly terrible art. It's the kind that makes you wonder what in the world the artist was thinking. The best part, though, are the explanatory notes for each piece. Truly hysterical. This isn't worth going far out of... More

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Norwood, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

Lovely movie house above in lovely Dedham Center. Not really a destination but more of a hallway with some found bad art. It would be fun for a young couple to stroll through if they happened to be there but no reason to go out of your way.

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Miami, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
39 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

This sits in the basement of a movie theater - in a room that leads to the mens room. There are normally around 20 exhibits, rather eclectic mix of paintings.

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Danville, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
40 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

We had gone to the theatre a few years before and stumbled on the "museum" in the basement. This summer we once again took advantage of the opportunity to see a movie and revisit the collection. The items have been either donated, bought at second-hand stores, or pulled from the trash. Each is carefully labeled and if known, its purveyance... More

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