Museum Of Bad Art Sets Up Inside Dorchester Brewing Company

"Spewing Rubix Cubes" by K. Koch, which the museum purchased at a thrift store in Boston.Photo: Museum Of Bad Art

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Museum Of Bad Art is all moved in to its new home. The longtime Somerville-based museum is now located inside the Dorchester Brewing Company Tap Room, and will hold a Grand Opening party on September 6th.

Executive Director Louise Reilly Sacco calls the museum the "world's leading museum of bad art — maybe the only one." MOBA is dedicated to exhibiting artwork "too bad to be ignored," with collection categories like "Poor Traits," which are strange and badly drawn portraits, and "Aye Aye Aye," a group of eye and eye-themed paintings.

"Queen Of The Chocolate Chip" by "Christian," found at a yard sale in Hyde Park. Photo: Museum Of Bad Art

Sacco spoke to WBZ NewsRadio ahead of the opening. She said the museum has been on the road since 2020, when it left the basement of the Somerville Theater and "hit a wall in terms of trying to find space." It had been in the basement of the theater for more than a decade.

Cue the Dorchester Brewing Company's event space. Sacco said the company was "looking for a way to make it distinctive and interesting, and thought the Museum Of Bad Art would do that."

She said the partnership with the company would be mutually beneficial, bringing in foot traffic for Dorchester Brewing and giving the museum a permanent home.

MOBA has found some higher-profile success, with one exhibit bringing in 30,000 people at Passages Insolites 2022 in Quebec City this summer.

The museum itself is free. Sacco says the museum completed its move into the new event space two days ago.

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