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I really need to go back here.

This is a solid experience of awful, awful paintings treated with the same respect and dignity... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
Boston, Massachusetts
Laughed ‘til I Cried

The images and curators’ captions are absolutely hilarious. Drop in when you see a movie at the... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2018
Lynn L
Somerville, Massachusetts
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MOBA is closed for renovations, reopening by October 1. We collect, exhibit, and celebrate art that will never be seen in a traditional museum. Helpful narratives accompany each piece to enhance your aesthetic, emotional, and intellectual response...more
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
55 Davis Sq Basement of SOMERVILLE THEATER, Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA 02144-2908
+1 781-444-6757
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Checked website, avoided seeing any of the displayed painting that flash up on their home page. Was really looking forward to visiting, took a long trip to get there to find out after asking a few different staff at the theatre that the place is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

The images and curators’ captions are absolutely hilarious. Drop in when you see a movie at the Somerville Theatre. You won’t regret it!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Lynn L
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Not sure what to make of this. Not particularly interesting except for the concept. Go once just to say you did.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Indigo_Scott
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

The art is so awful it's funny!!!! Definitely worth going after seeing a movie at the Somerville Theatre (and it's free with a movie ticket).

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Marisa D
Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

I went here with a few friends and it was a riot. The museum is in the basement of the Cambridge Theatre; entrance is free with a movie ticket OR you can email the email address above for free tickets. The descriptions on the artwork...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank allisonde7890
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.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  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

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank nadiag0610
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

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank memypassportandi
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

Date of experience: May 2016
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

Date of experience: September 2016
3  Thank CamwynCwru
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