Last updated: 4/1/2018
Somerville, Massachusetts
Street Address
55 Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
Mailing Address
46 Dale St
Needham, MA 02494
phone: 781-444-6757
When films are running in the Somerville Theatre, typically about 4-9 on weekdays, 2-10 on weekends. Check the schedule at
Monday - Friday4 PM - 9 PM
Sunday, Saturday2 PM - 10 PM
Free with a movie ticket, or request a pass from Be sure to say how many people are coming.
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Louise Sacco, Permanent Acting Interim Executive Director
phone: 781-444-6757
Michael Frank, Curator in Chief
phone: 781-444-6757

We celebrate the labor of artists whose work would be displayed and appreciated in no other forum. Through traveling exhibits, special events, and changing exhibits, we share the best bad art ever assembled in one, two or three museums. Our collection numbers about 600 pieces, but due to limited exhibition space, we show 50 to 70 at a time.


MOBA collects, exhibits, and celebrates the best of the worst.A short commentary about each image offers insightful direction toward appreciation of the works. A small part of the collection is on display in our Somerville gallery. Many more can be seen our website and Facebook page.


Founded in 1994, MOBA has become the world's leading institution dedicated to bad art.

Artifact Collections

Primarily paintings, many of which have been rescued from the trash, discovered in thrift stores, or found in an attic or flea market.

Educational Programs

Groups can schedule a gallery talk about MOBA's unique mission and the art that we love so dearly.


Small gallery with up to 20 works exhibited. Much more on Facebook and our website.


Massachusetts corporation, 501(c)3 with small Board of Directors.

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