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Address: 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-2644
Phone Number: +1 312-280-2660
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational...

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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Like most other modern art museums

I can't lie - this isn't my favorite Modern Art Museum I've ever been to. I feel like they sometimes have good come-and-go exhibits, but usually everything is so underwhelming... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't lie - this isn't my favorite Modern Art Museum I've ever been to. I feel like they sometimes have good come-and-go exhibits, but usually everything is so underwhelming. This is not a must-see, in my opinion, unless they happen to have some special exhibit you specifically want to visit.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an enjoyable art museum. I find modern art can be thought provoking or even amusing at times. The building is quite nice, one of the stairways looks interesting when you look up it.

Thank Don P
Abraham R, General Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us Don P! Let us know what we can do next time to get to 5 stars . . . er, dots, from you. More 

Chester, Nova Scotia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum on a rainy day. There is a free coat check, and there are free docent-led tours daily. The tour was helpful to me in appreciating a video installation that I think would otherwise have been utterly lost on me. There was a photography exhibit that my aunt enjoyed while I took the tour. I would not... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've lived here all my life, just outside Chicago, and this is one museum I had never visited. I have seen most all of the others, many of which I love to go back to to see new exhibits that seem to occur on a regular basis. We are long time fans of the Art Institute, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium,... More 

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

Hi meezer3, thanks for visiting us, and actually if you'd visited just a couple of months ago you would have experienced an exhibition that was solely focused on paintings, by artist Kerry James Marshall. As a contemporary art museum we've been committed from our founding to showing new and experimental artists so while paintings and sculpture are a part of... More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you don't get modern or contemporary art, come here, open your eyes and enjoy. There are three floors so you are not overtaxed or overwhelmed as the exhibits are not huge, but very manageable. I was there on Family Day and even with the tumult, I can concentrate and enjoy first floor photography based on the concept of witness.... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a really good time visiting the museum. Well worth it! I think it's a must when traveling to Chicago.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

Contemporary Art can be wildly different from your expectations - for instance, I'm not a huge fan of video installations which the MCA had. But the other options that they presented from Photography to the Propeller Group were well designed, and thought provoking. I really enjoyed this experience.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

I was born without the gene to appreciate this type of art. I felt myself saying . .the emperor has no clothes on.

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Columbia, Maryland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Worst museum I've ever been to. Nothing to see here folks. Room with just sand pile 😳? Read a summary of a photo on the wall but no photo. I asked the guard (worst job in the world btw) and he looked too to no avail. Then gave me some garbage about how it evoked a feel in me. Yeah... More 

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

Like poets, artists often use metaphors to convey a larger idea. In this case, the piles of sand are a visual metaphor that artist Andrew Yang uses to illustrate Carl Sagan's famous aphorism that all the stars in the universe are larger than all the grains of sand on all the beaches. So the sand—all 7 seven tons of it—becomes... More 

Punta de Mita, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

A very unique and interesting collection of Contemporary Art. When I visited there was a couple of exhibits related to Black people and I loved them, impossible to have seen them anywhere else in the world.

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