We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Interesting Museum with great potential”

Museum of Contemporary Art
Ranked #120 of 280 things to do in Tucson
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: MOCA is Southern Arizona's only museum devoted exclusively to exploring the cutting edge art of our time. Through varied programs, MOCA supports the critical interpretation and display of contemporary art in service to the community as a public trust. Since beginning to program as a museum in 2003, MOCA has presented the work of nearly 250 artists and thinkers, 90% of them Tucsonans. MOCA is committed to thinking globally, acting locally and engaging with the ethics and aesthetics of contemporary life. MOCA is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Arizona Commission on the Arts, and its members.
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
109 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Interesting Museum with great potential”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

We just got back from a visit to this little museum in down town Tucson. There were two exhibits, one conected to the exhibit at the Tucson Museum of Art, "Who Shot Rock and Roll". MOCA had an exhibit of flyers, record jackets and adds for punk rock bands from the mid 1970's to mid 1980's. This is not my style of music, so the art depicting the music did not speak to me. But the display taken in context was extremely timely and connected with the exihibt at TMA. I had seen the other exhibit, so this was perfect for me.

The exhibit in the main room was interesting and actually fun to see. When we arrived we were given a sheet of paper with the name and a description of each piece. We realized the pieces were not marked, so we had to look for clues from the pieces to connect them with the description. This was fun as we were able to find enough clues in the works to connect them with the descriptions.

The space is nice and airy, the museum is easy to find and within walking distance to the main streets of downtown. The price fits nicely with the amount of time you spend in the museum and we were also given coupons for free coffee as well as a two for one to an exhibit at the University.

All in all this was a good value, even if the art did not "call you".

Visited November 2011
Helpful?
1 Thank Foster7204
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

11 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    4
    3
    0
    2
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Level Contributor
61 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Come with an open mind and desire to waste $8 admission fee”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2011

If you think garbage is an art form, this is the place for you. We were thinking exhibits like MOMA but this is extreme. I would be willing to guess 99% of people who go here feel ripped off. The large firehouse is nearly empty, except for a lone car in the middle and a few scant pieces of "trash" on the walls. The staff said this was "contemporary" art , not modern art like MOMA. I've been to museums worldwide and never felt so ripped off in my life.

Visited January 2011
Helpful?
Thank HankNDotty
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
94 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“The new fire house location for moca is...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2010

The new fire house location for moca is incredible! The Great Hall space is perfect for large works and the music performances are awesome. Congrats, moca!

Helpful?
1 Thank Karen C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Been to Museum of Contemporary Art? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing