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

Reviewed 26 September 2016
Boston, Massachusetts

In the basement of the already extremely quirky Somerville theater, this is a cool place to spend 5... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
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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 4 weeks ago

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

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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).

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

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.

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

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

2  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

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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

3  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.

2  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

1  Thank FredLikesToTravel
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