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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 #94 of 373 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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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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!

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Chester, United Kingdom
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42 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
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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165 reviews 165 reviews
37 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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48 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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46 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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11 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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234 helpful votes 234 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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