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Smart Museum of Art

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Address: 5550 S. Greenwood Ave, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: 773.702.0200
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

As the art museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art...

As the art museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art is home to acclaimed special exhibitions and a permanent collection that spans five thousand years of artistic creation. Free and open to the public.

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Small quiet gem on the University of Chicago campus

The Smart is a small museum that always has interesting and thoughtful exhibits. It is a lovely place to spend an hour or so. Currently there is an exhibit on expressionism. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Smart is a small museum that always has interesting and thoughtful exhibits. It is a lovely place to spend an hour or so. Currently there is an exhibit on expressionism. It is simply outstanding. It is drawn from their permanent collection and starts with German expressionism and continues through abstract expressionism. There are some amazing pieces and they are... More 

Thank jimtons
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This small museum is an amazing place. The exhibit change so there is always a reason to stop by. Look on line to see the current exhibit and you will not be disappointed.

1 Thank MommaTravel
Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I wanted to like this museum. I think the idea is great... accessible art, opportunities for students to curate etc., but, unfortunately, we were disappointed with our visit. I had gone to see the Frank Lloyd Wright furniture but it was not on display when we were there! Not only that, but the young women working (volunteering maybe?) inside had... More 

Thank MeghanSGP
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Thanks to the Smart brothers (David & Alfred) for their exceptional philanthropy that helped create this wonderful museum. The exhibits are classified under Asian, European, Modern, Contemporary themes that unfold the content and context of the artistic creations - whether figurative, paper art, sculptures or art material. The Medicine Buddha, La Sainte Face, Cha Cha Couple and Burning House still... More 

2 Thank Sudhir_Raikar
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the Smart Museum. There was a nice variety to the special sculpture collection when we visited. I was impressed with the level of their art - including Rodin, Calder and Frank Lloyd Wright. I also enjoyed the explanation of each piece which were a little more thought provoking vs. a straight description of the art.... More 

Thank Diane K
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Really enjoyed the exhibits! Cool space. Then walk around campus and see all the wonderful architecture. Fun day!

Thank Scorpiotraveler00
Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is a lovely collection of Asian, European, Modern and Contemporary art. There's a small cafe and it's close to Henry Moore's chilling bronze sculpture Nuclear Energy (it commemorates where the nuclear age began in 1941) Not an all day visit but worth a look and its free.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

A wonderful collection and special exhibit and no charge--you cannot lose! The special exhibit (Chinese Opera) was especially intriguing and having been to Robie House (right around the corner, more or less) it was cool to see the dining table & chairs on display as well as some other pieces that transported me back to my days in design school.... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

After enjoying a refreshments in the little courtyard, entering through the coffee and gift shop, we almost missed the Indian mural and fountain by being too goal-oriented. Note also that there are two doors off the coffee shop. It is easy to miss part of the museum if an installation is being set up and blocks interior passage as it... More 

Thank eileen645
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Within Hyde Park...at the U of Chicago campus...the small Smart Museum. Free...fabulous small collections with some change over of exhibits. Furniture from the Robbie House, just around the corner. Staff very helpful...nice small gift shop....very near the Chicago home of President Obama...a few minute drive from the Loop, but a worthwhile area to explore.

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If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.