Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

3.5
#11 of 48 in Museums in Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art features 2,700 objects and 3,000 books that represent art from 1945 to the present day. Take a guided tour of this 7,400 sq m (79,000 sq ft) museum, or if you'd rather explore at your own pace, ask at the admissions desk for an audio tour, which is available for most major exhibits. As you delve into the collections, you'll see pieces that represent Pop art, Surrealism, Minimalism, Postmodernism, and conceptual art. The site also offers performances in the 296-seat multipurpose theater. Put Museum of Contemporary Art into our Chicago visit planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Chicago.
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  • Contemporary art can wow, frustrate or at times bore. This museum thankfully kept me engaged, interested and occasionally wowed - it did not bore. A very interesting building with interesting space...  more »
  • I have a mixed experience with contemporary art but decided to give it try. We had guest passes from a friend and so the entrance was free. Perhaps the most interesting part of the museum is the...  more »
  • For me visiting a contemporary arts museum is kind of gamble. It’s very unlikely I’ll enjoy everything or nothing. Most of the time I find some works I enjoy and want to spend time with, but am ready....  more »
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  • The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is one of the world’s largest contemporary art venues. If you love contemporary art you must visit. The permanent exhibition is challenging yet accessible. There’s a great cafe and the front steps are a great place to chill out. It’s located downtown near Water Tower Place.
  • Great place to check out especially if you're staying on Michigan Ave. Tucked just off the Magnificent Mile, there are often thought-provoking works here. For art lovers, it's great to pair with the Art Institute for a packed day. There's a restaurant called Marisol which I didn't get a chance to check out but looked great. If you have a Bank of America credit card, I recommend using their museums on us program the first weekend of each month to get free admission.
  • It was interesting but there were a lot of exhibits that were closed or being put up. It ended up being a pretty short trip. Their store had lots of cool things and the jewelry looked nice.
  • I don't know why so many stars. The artwork is non-existent. No seriously I'm not even speaking from a contemporary point of view. There were so many plaques and identifiers hung with nothing next to them and lots of huge crates which I suspect holds art in them to be mounted. The art that was there was simply scant and barely any worthy of note probably like 15 pieces of art in all in all of the floors
  • Love this place. Always changing exhibits. Gift shop is fantastic source of art books more gifts then one can probably carry. We love the cafeteria with Wolfgang Puck food.
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