Location and Hours
The MoCP is always free and open to the public at the hours listed below.
Museum of Contemporary Photography
at Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
- Monday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The MoCP is CLOSED on all major holidays. The MoCP is also closed between exhibitions for installation. Be sure to check our homepage before your visit.
The MoCP is currently closed from April 3-12, 2023. We will open on April 13 for the exhibition Shift: Music, Meaning, Context.
Tour Information for groups
Docent-led tours can be arranged for classes or visiting groups of 10 or more people, free of charge. A member of the MoCP staff will guide visitors in discussion through the current exhibition. Individuals or small groups visiting the exhibition do not need to make a reservation.
Learn about Print Viewings
For larger groups larger than 20 people, back-to-back tours may be scheduled when possible. At least one instructor must be present with groups at all times.
Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4:30 pm and Thursdays until 7:30 pm (Other visit times may be considered on an individual basis).
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information, such as where to park, eat lunches, or other questions related to visiting with your class, please download our Education Brochure.
Appointments must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. During the months of September and February, please contact us to schedule your appointment as early as possible to ensure availability during these peak times in the school semester. All appointments will be scheduled for one hour unless otherwise requested. Please note that reservations are offered on a first come, first served basis and the museum is closed during exhibition installation. If you have a larger group, we will try to work with you to separate your group into sections to accommodate all students.
We require a 48-hour notice for tour cancellations. Instructors or individuals who have missed scheduled visits more than two times will no longer be permitted to make appointments for future tours or print viewings. Groups who arrive late will be accommodated only until the scheduled end of their appointment.
The MoCP offers bus subsidies to schools in need. Requests must be submitted on the School Reservation form at least three weeks prior to requested date of field trip and must be approved by the MoCP in advance.