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Museum of Contemporary Photography

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Address: At Columbia College Chicago, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
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The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago...

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.

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Chicago as seen through a lens

This is a great place to stop by when you're in Chicago. The exhibitions are temporary, so you are going to get something new and interesting. The work seems to reflect local... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2016
Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is a great place to stop by when you're in Chicago. The exhibitions are temporary, so you are going to get something new and interesting. The work seems to reflect local life and culture, so that's a real bonus. The museum is free, so no need to worry about price gouge like the Chicago art institute across the street.... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

I wandered in here a few years ago on a cold rainy day. Since then I make a point to stop in when I'm in Chicago. I've enjoyed some exhibitions more than others but I've always been pleased with how they've been curated. Accordingly, some visits are only a quick walk through and other times I spend a couple of... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

Visiting the Museum of Contemporary Photography is on a donation basis and a great activity if the weather is not going in your favor. There were a large amount of photography on display but it was freezing in the exhibit. If you love photography I wouldn't miss this.

Thank Lia D
Markdorf, Germany
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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Good special exhibit in petcoal and the environment. Based on the website i expected to be able to see the permanent exhibit e.g. ansel adams, cartier bresson etc. ***for these you need to make arrangements 2 weeks in advance***

1 Thank Uli K
Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

There was no way I was going to miss this museum of photography due to its free entry so I wandered up from the main shopping area to the museum which is about halfway the distance of millennium park on the opposite side on the corner. The exhibition was on petcoke and the effects of this industry on the people... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

MoCP is a FREE photography museum attached to Columbia College in Chicago, and it is most certainly worth a visit. From reading other reviews, I have gathered that the exhibition regularly changes. The exhibition I saw focused on the oil industry and the damage it can do, including some current risks posed to American people by the industry. The exhibition... More 

Thank Bonzostar
State College, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

The museum is part of the Columbia College and hosts exhibitions which change regularly. The exhibition in July 2016, "Petcoke, tracking dirty energy" was really interesting and a great tool to talk about a misknown problem. Visit only if you are into contemporary art and look to what is on display. The museum is quite small, only 4 rooms and... More 

Thank Marco148
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 6 June 2016

I visited MCP to see this exhibition of contemporary Iranian photography and was really impressed. Considering the political climate there I was surprised to see how bold some of these artists are in the statements they're willing to make. The space itself is humble and a little on the small side but it is a very specialized museum, and it's... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

The Museum of Contemporary Photography is located at Columbia College on the south end of Grant Park. If you are not into photography then it probably will not interest you too much. But given that it is free of charge when most other museums are $20-$30, it is kind of hard to beat. • The exhibitions change and it is... More 

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Mundelein, Illinois
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Reviewed 7 April 2016

Cam into Chicago to go to the Museum of Contemporary Photography Gallery. Was not disappointed. The collection exhibit was outstanding.

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