Museum of Contemporary Photography

Through this museum’s tours and print viewings, visitors can learn about the different approaches and techniques in photography while exploring the works of photographers from the 1920s to the present. Visitors can learn about color, landscape, surrealism, alternative processes, and the history of photography genres. Highlights of the collection include Czech photography, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and contemporary Asian photography. Educational guides and outreach programs available - including the Picture Me program, where students can work on independent projects with MoCP staff.
Contact Info
Address: Columbia College Chicago, 600 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605. Cook County. Tel: 312-663-5554. Email: Website: Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 12PM-5PM.
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Cost: Free.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.