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Smart Museum of Art

5550 S. Greenwood Ave, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
773.702.0200
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Ranked #99 of 361 attractions in Chicago
Type: Art Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Fairfax, Virginia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
43 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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

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Chicagoland
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93 reviews 93 reviews
43 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Irvine, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Excellent examples of first half of 20th century European art. Excellent but small collection overall. Free an easy to combine with visit to the Oriental institute and the Robie house. Good interesting architecture on university of Chicago campus. Campus maps do keep one from getting lost and have been very helpful due to the fact that 58th street was closed... More

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Carmel, Indiana
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17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Right on the U of Chicago campus, this tiny but delightful museum is a great stop. Within walking distance of the Robie House and the Oriental Museum, you can easily spend a day on the campus looking at both architecture and art. There is no fee to enter and enjoy this little fun spot.

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Connecticut
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63 reviews 63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Wow, we were impressed and surprised with the free museum at Univ. of Chicago. We enjoyed this more than the Robie House, which was our primary reason for taking the Metra down to this part of Chicago. Do not miss this museum if you are in the area! They did a fabulous job on the main exhibit, which was a... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

The Smart Museum of Art is a small art museum on the campus of the University of Chicago. It's a short bus ride (#55) from the Garfield CTA stations or the Museum of Science and Industry. There's a small exhibit area with a wide variety of art. When I visited there was a special exhibition of Korean art. It was... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The Smart is a nice little free art museum on the campus of the University of Chicago. If you're only in town for a few days, the Smart probably doesn't need to make your itinerary, but if you're on campus or otherwise in or around Hyde Park (maybe at the Museum of Science and Industry, the Robie House, the Du... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Smart is its name, and true to it, this little gem is a great little respite for those who want an alternative to the behemoth museum park attractions downtown. You'll never have to wait in line here, but that's not because its not rich in cultural attractions. It's just smaller, and less well known. Be in on one of the... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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55 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

U of Chicago has done a superb job of with their exhibits, and their permanent collection is good too. The design and feel of the museum make for a great day or afternoon. Great ambiance and coffee in the lobby with that big sculpture-waterfall.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

If you are in Hyde Park (say, visiting the University of Chicago campus and the Oriental Institute Museum), don't miss this art museum. For a small museum, the permanent collection is worth a stop in. In addition to the permanent collection the museum also boasts diverse and well-curated short term exhibitions. In good weather the courtyard is a beautiful place... More

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