Museum of Contemporary Photography
Type: Art Museums, Free Attractions, Museums
The Museum of Contemporary Photography began its collection in the early 1980s and it now includes more than 16,000 objects by over 1,500 artists. Go beyond Ansel Adams and Diane Arbus at the leading... Read More
The Museum of Contemporary Photography began its collection in the early 1980s and it now includes more than 16,000 objects by over 1,500 artists. Go beyond Ansel Adams and Diane Arbus at the leading photography museum in the Midwest. The museum continuously searches for new photographers so each visit is a revelation - that won't cost you a cent! In 2021, see "Much Unseen is Also Here," a show by two artists that includes large-scale views of places and people in the contemporary American landscape, and sculpture, drawings, and animation that examine representations of femininity prompted by who monuments historically depict. The Midwest Photographers Project is a revolving collection of portfolios by 72 established and emerging photographers from Illinois and neighboring states. The portfolios are loaned to the MoCP for three years. Consider taking a free docent-led museum tour or making an appointment to view works from the museum's collections.
- Mon-Wed,: Fri-Sat; 10am-5pm
- Thu: 10am-8pm
- Sun: Noon-5pm
- Free Things to Do: "All visitors must make a reservation before visiting the museum. The MoCP is closed when Columbia College Chicago is closed, including all major holidays, and between exhibitions for installation. Be sure to check the homepage before your visit."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: The leading photography museum in the Midwest exhibits new national and international photographers - and entry is always free.