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“Small, but good value”

Museum of Contemporary Photography
Ranked #127 of 649 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to the medium of photography and its evolving, interdisciplinary approaches. Visit the Museum in the heart of Chicago's South Loop to discover how engaging with the dynamic MoCP community can enrich your enjoyment and appreciation for the arts.
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Small, but good value”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

True, this is a small museum and will take up no more than 30 mnutes of your time, but admission is free and is located within walking distance of the Art Institute of Chicago. Definitely a hidden gem.

Visited October 2012
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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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“interesting photos, free admission”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

As a photographer, I couldn't miss the Museum of Contemporary Photography. I'm glad I went. But I was a little underwhelmed.

But it's free. It's a nice break from all of the tourist traps and shopping on Michigan Ave. Depending on when you go, there might be some more interesting exhibits than the ones I saw.

Visited June 2012
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Kansas City
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“Don't waste your time”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

We visited the museum in June 2012. Admission was free -- good thing or else I would have demanded my money back. The place is VERY small, even though it has two levels. The first level had no photos at all -- just some video clips set on a loop that were not interesting at all. Second level was not much better -- some very weak stuff on newsprint that barely qualified as photos. Definitely a waste of time. I feel sorry for anybody that paid money to study at the university that hosts this museum.

Visited June 2012
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Detroit, Michigan
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“Hidden FREE gem”
Reviewed May 6, 2012

Another hidden FREE gem. Exhibits were interesting. Best when they're aren't too many people strolling through at once since several displays are placed in major walkways and stairways.

Visited April 2012
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Chesterfield, MO
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“Great free museum with interesting exhibits”
Reviewed October 11, 2011

I visit this museum every time I go to Chicago. On Michigan Avenue across from Grant Park at Columbia College, it offers a variety of exhibits that are always interesting and it is free (donations). It is a multilevel museum with several stairwells, but I believe you can ask for assistance with an elevator if you can’t walk the stairs. Please note that this is modern photography so some exhibits can be of an adult nature, but most are not. The exhibits are hit and miss, some are stunning, some bore me. But it is a great place to explore while you are in Chicago.

Visited May 2011
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