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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago – tickets, prices, timings

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to contemporary art. 

With over 2,500 works in its permanent collection and dozens of exciting exhibitions each year, visitors enjoy the thrilling world of modern art and design.

It is your one-stop shop for all things arty in Illinois, with painting, sculpture, graphic design, and photography, as well as film, theatre, music, and performance art.

Museum Of Contemporary Art’s tickets

This Museum Of Contemporary Art ticket gives you complete access to all permanent and temporary exhibitions. 

When you book these Skip The Line tickets online, they get emailed to you. 

On the day of your visit, you can walk past the ticket counter line, show the ticket on your mobile at the entrance and walk in. 

You can cancel this ticket up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.

Cost of tickets

Regular ticket (19+ years):  US $15
Reduced ticket (with ID): US $8
For Seniors, teachers, students 

All visitors under 18 years of age can enter for free.

Tuesdays are free for Illinois residents who can present a valid local ID at the entrance.


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How long does MCA Chicago take?

The Museum Of Contemporary Art ticket gets you full-day access to the museum’s exhibits, so you can be inside for as long as you want. 

Most users spend two to three hours exploring the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Guests in a hurry can browse the museum’s highlights in an hour or so.

It is crucial to point out that visits to MCA can vary in length based on various factors, including which exhibitions are currently on display, what interests you, and how much time you spend with the artworks. 

If you save the receipt and admission tab, you can exit and re-enter the museum anytime you want. 


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How to reach Museum Of Contemporary Art

Museum Of Contemporary Art is located at 220 East Chicago Avenue, 60611, Chicago. Get Directions

Public transport is the best way to get to MCA. 

It is located four blocks east of the Chicago Avenue stop on the CTA Red Line. 

You can also take the #3 King Drive, #10 Museum of Science and Industry, and #66 Chicago Avenue buses, as well as several Michigan Avenue bus routes.

If you plan to drive to the museum, you must know that the parking garage is located on Chicago Avenue, just west of Fairbanks Court and adjacent to the museum. 

Parking rates

  • Less than 30 minutes: $10
  • 30 minutes to 1 hour: $22
  • 1 to 2 hours: $32
  • 2 to 3 hours: $37
  • 3 to 12 hours: $41
  • 12 to 24 hours: $47

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Museum Of Contemporary Art’s timings

From Wednesday to Sunday, the Museum of Contemporary Art opens at 10 am and closes at 5 pm.

On Tuesday, it stays open for longer – from 10 am to 9 pm. 

The museum remains closed on Mondays.

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