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Museum of Bad Art

55 Davis Sq, Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA 02144-2908
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I laughed so hard I cried

The descriptions boy the curators are unbelievably hysterical. The art as well. As a painter, I... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Smelled so bad

The museum of bad art, aka...THE MUSEUM OF BAD SMELLS. We heard that this was an attraction to... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2017
Nadia G
San Diego, California, United States
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55 Davis Sq, Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA 02144-2908
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

The descriptions boy the curators are unbelievably hysterical. The art as well. As a painter, I cringe at the thought that my own work could be exhibited here.

Thank Erlene
Reviewed 27 March 2017

The museum of bad art, aka...THE MUSEUM OF BAD SMELLS. We heard that this was an attraction to see in Boston and decided to check it out. We came to find out it's in the basement of an old movie theatre. We are staying at...More

1  Thank Nadia G
Reviewed 21 January 2017

This is my favorite museum in the whole world! I'm not often a fan of art museums because they can get repetitive (how many Italian Renaissance paintings can you really look at before falling on the floor out of boredom?). But the Museum of Bad...More

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Love this small museum that is in the basement of the Somerville Theatre. Just large enough! Has some very intersting pieces

Thank ddlily
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a solid experience of awful, awful paintings treated with the same respect and dignity given to more conventionally appealing works of art. I am not kidding about the awful paintings. We're talking the kinds of things that don't sell at garage sales here-...More

2  Thank CamwynCwru
Reviewed 26 September 2016

In the basement of the already extremely quirky Somerville theater, this is a cool place to spend 5 minutes before your movie starts. The museum is just a room with very awkward art pieces & terrible portraits. Very amusing & worth at least one visit.

1  Thank Jgraves700
Reviewed 14 September 2016

If you take it seriously, you are missing the point. Do you like PDQ Bach? If so, this place is for you. Our Danish friends loved it. Haven't gotten our French friends there yet... We go every year or so looking for updates...and occasionally get...More

Thank FredLikesToTravel
Reviewed 9 September 2016

There's not a whole lot to see here by any definition, but you can't argue with the free admission with any movie ticket at the Somerville Theater. Not worth seeking out, though.

1  Thank Christopher B
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We wandered in to the Museum of Bad Art inside the Somerville Theater while waiting for the doors to open to a movie. A good time waster, not much more than that. Certainly don't go out of your way to visit.

2  Thank Joe_from_Boston
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This basement museum was started by someone picking up art that had been left out on trash day. Obvious sense of humor. All is not too bad. No Velvet Elvis-too obvious. Admittance free with purchase of movie ticket. Small old fashioned theater 4 screens with...More

Thank wanderlust055
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