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Museum of Bad Art

Address: 580 High Street, Somerville, MA 02026
Phone Number: 617-325-8224
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Ranked #14 of 30 things to do in Somerville
Type: Art museums, Specialty museums, Museums
Owner description: A collection of some bad and weird art from talented and not-so-talented artists whose works have...
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Type: Art museums, Specialty museums, Museums
Owner 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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Thompson, CT
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We ended up here because the bowling alley was too crowded. Bought a movie ticket just to get in to see the museum and it was worth every cent. The art is of course weird and bad, but the descriptions of the art had me rolling on the floor with laughter. The person or persons who write that are the... More 

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Medford, Massachusetts, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

They call it bad art, but in truth I have seen worse at the Met and the MFA. I wouldn't go out of my way to see this exhibit, but if you are in Davis Square and going to see a show, you should spend a few extra minutes and check this out. It is not nearly as bad as... More 

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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189 reviews 189 reviews
38 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This is in side of the Dedham theater it is actually on the way to bathroom it is just a room full of awful arts. The one was called Mana Lisa It was just a nightmare. One of my friend told me a funny story that some of her friend did yard sale and sold her art to a stranger... More 

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Weston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

My primary purpose is to reiterate that the museum has been in Somerville for years. It is not in Dedham. Another review correctly details that the museum is inside the Somerville Theatre and admission to a film gets you admission to the museum. That also means if you want to just see the museum you must buy a ticket to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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