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Museum of Contemporary Art

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Art is certainly the only medium through which the society finds creative expression to its hopes, dreams, aspirations and even problems. If you thought museums were all about giant bones of prehistoric animals and hundreds of year old pots and cookware, think again. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago is just the right place for people to look at history being made.

Established in 1967, the museum has a collection of 2700 objects and 3000 books from various authors and artists of the post World War-II era. Some notable works include ‘Study for a Portrait’ by Francis Bacon and ‘Retroactive II’ by Robert Rauschenberg. If you love music, art and literature, Chicago will not disappoint you.

The museum is located in downtown Chicago and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (excepting Tuesday when it is open till 8 pm). A general entry will cost you $12 but if you are a student with a valid ID or a senior citizen you get the ticket for $7. Military personnel and children under 12 years have the right to enter free. Moreover, Illinois residents get free entry on each Tuesday round the year. You can be a part of 45 minute free guided tours as well. Not only this, groups also get a discounted entry through pre-booking. They also have wheelchair accessible entrances and elevators for people with disabilities.

The museum exhibits works from the most notable contemporary artists including Goshka Macuga, Martin Creed and John Cage. They also screen films and stage plays, dance shows; music shows etc at regular intervals. You can get a chance to see the best in the world of art, music and theatre and also meet fellow art admirers.

Car and CamperIt is advisable to check their schedule in advance and book your tickets so that you get to witness the magnificent world of art, literature, cinema and theatre live. A few exclusive programs by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) are especially notable.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is a few steps away from the Magnificent Mile and the Chicago Water Tower. The building shows a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Overall, this museum is for the artist and art lover inside you. The museum houses many resident artists and you can see some rare and exclusive pieces of art here.

You can also get private guided tours on request, especially when you are hosting an event in the MCA space. This means that you get in dept knowledge of the museum’s collection as well as workshops and activities to inspire and motivate you and your guests.


Mon: Closed
Tue: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Free
Wed-Sun: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address/Map:    220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 280-2660
Website: Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago
Suggested Admission $12
Students & Seniors $7
Children under 12 Free
Members Free
  Free for IL residents on Tuesdays