Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
MASS MoCA seeks to catalyze and support the creation of new art, expose our visitors to bold visual and performing art in all stages of production, and re-invigorate the life of a region in socioeconomic need.
Or if you're looking for a fuller statement:
If conventional museums are boxes, MASS MoCA is an open platform a welcoming place that encourages dynamic interchange between making and presenting art, between the visual and performing arts, and between our extraordinary historic factory campus and the patrons, workers and tenants who again inhabit it.
We at MASS MoCA work hard to make the whole cloth of art-making, presentation and participation a seamless continuum. Performing arts residencies offer well-equipped and professionally staffed technical facilities and stages, and a sophisticated, diverse and sympathetic audience for new work especially technically complex work that requires generous allocations of time and space impossible in conventional theatrical settings. Likewise, MASS MoCA's vast galleries and expert fabrication staff give visual artists the tools and time to create works of scale and duration impossible to realize in the time and space-cramped conditions of most museums. We endeavor to expose our audiences to all stages of art production; rehearsals, sculptural fabrication, and developmental workshops are frequently on view to the public, as are finished works of art.
If MASS MoCA's mission is to foster and present exciting new work of the highest quality in all media and in all phases of its production we also work hard to position the arts as a vibrant catalyst for community revitalization: indeed, the creation of new markets, good jobs and the long-term enrichment of a region in economic need is one of MASS MoCA's driving purposes. We at MASS MoCA are convinced that advancement of the arts, increased tourism and community participation, and regional economic redevelopment are mutually reinforcing and inextricably linked, and we act forcefully on that belief. The arts create and bestow community identity. Identity rallies hope, productivity, pride and economic vibrancy. These are the base conditions for a healthy community; they cannot be created, however, without risk, creativity, adventure, and the willingness to embrace the new. This is the heart and soul of MASS MoCA's mission.Â
Review based on free family day in January 2018. A large area to explore with many visual and audio delights. Apparently things change here regularly to keep it fresh. There are some BIG pieces of art here which is impressive. It was quite crowded and lively with free tours. It would take at least 3 hours to really see everything. There is a food and gift area which I found to be pricey. Parking was tough on a free day and we had a five minute walk from a lot two blocks over.
Great cultural experience to broaden your horizons. The new wing is a large addition that makes this well worth the money. Could easily spend many hours due to the amount of displays and there are a bunch of fun interactive exhibits too. Even my kids enjoyed at at their young age, although this would likely be more enjoyed with an older crowd because there are lots of in depth placards worth investing time to read.
Really loved the exhibits, the staff were very helpful, and the cafe was nice One of the biggest and most eloquent and historic museums in the Northeast I'm sure (almost certainly the largest). You could easily spend multiple days here before seeing half the exhibits! Had a great, introspective time.
Always a stunning experience, never disappointing. Prepare to be challenged, and be prepared by checking the web site before you go. Some very popular events may require reservations, easily obtained, sorely missed if you don't have them. The good news is the dozens of other exhibits are high quality and need no appointment. Almost everything was new since our last visit, and the one repeat was worth another viewing. Make sure to put the Mass MOCA on your list when in Northwestern Mass.
A great space for all ages. If you are interested in art of any kind — interested in creative works, there is something for you here. Kidspace has a great space, an “art bar” to allow kids their creative time. If you spend the day — not hard to do with the numerous buildings, there is a great cafe with tasty, healthy meal options.