Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

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Founded in 1976 as the Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, the museum collaborates with artists, photographers, communities, and institutions locally, nationally, and internationally. As the leading photography museum in the Midwest, presenting projects and exhibitions and acquiring works that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies, the museum offers students, educators, research specialists, and general audiences an intimate and comprehensive visual study center.

The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) is a stimulating and innovative forum for the collection, creation, and examination of contemporary imagemaking in its camera tradition and in its expanded vocabulary of digital processes. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum considers all elements of our mission to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and political implication of the image in our world today, within the context of public service and responsibility to the community and museum profession.

The Museum is committed to broadening the visual arts by constantly searching for new national and international talent to exhibit rather than simply following suit established by larger institutions. To this end, the museum’s programming guides the public to a greater understanding of thought-provoking contemporary photography as well as an appreciation for traditional work that has not yet received critical acclaim.

Admission is always free for visitors.
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  • After viewing the riveting collection of Chicago Sun-Times photographs on display at the Chicago History Museum, my wife and I were persuaded to visit the Museum of Contemporary Photography at...  more »
  • Nice collection of photography, free and open to the public. 3 levels and 5 rooms of display so not a huge space. Worth a walk down for the more well known attractions.
  • Just three levels of intimate galleries allow you to get up close with just the right amount of volume of art to be worth an hour or so of your time. Free, but donations appreciated!

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