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Mary and Leigh Block Museum

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Address: 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
Phone Number: 847-491-4000
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Permanent collection is a rich selection of more than 4,000 prints...
Permanent collection is a rich selection of more than 4,000 prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture and mixed media dating from the 13th century to present day.
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Very Interesting Museum

My wife and I came upon the museum while walking around the grounds of Northwestern University. We saw a very interesting art exhibit entitled "The Last Supper" which was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Delray Beach, Florida
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Delray Beach, Florida
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My wife and I came upon the museum while walking around the grounds of Northwestern University. We saw a very interesting art exhibit entitled "The Last Supper" which was a collection of plates from death row inmates in Texas. The museum is free and they have both permanent and changing art collections.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

The art museum of Northwestern University, it houses well-curated rotating exhibits of their permanent collection but also of interesting visiting collections. Well-respected in the art world, a lovely location for a long walk around NU's "most beautiful college campus." Plan to visit Shakespeare Garden, too.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

very small museum, but nice collections. unclear why docent required us to start on second floor, as opposed to first floor. the student-curated exhibit was the best part for my art tastes. There didn't seem to be a unifying artistic theme to the current exhibitions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Block has nice manageable temporary exhibits that are free to the public. It is located very close to campus parking, which requires some payment on weekdays, or is free after 4pm and on weekends. The museum has some spacious rooms, which allow for appreciating the artworks without having to bump into others and without feeling too constrained. Some of... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

My wife and I make sure to check out the Block Art Museum every six months or so. The downstairs gallery has rotating displays some of which come from the work of graduate students at Northwestern. The staff is quite helpful, and we have been approached and engaged numerous times by staff explaining displays and conversing with us. This is... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Just reopened and had a terrific opening artist. This place is right on campus with a super view of Lake Michigan as well. I think you only need about 60-90 mins to see all the exhibits in this small but well curated museum.

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Nashville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I have always enjoyed the thoughtful and well curated shows at the block and the accompanying movie theater. The galleries were closed for renovations but should be reopening next month. A nice free treat if staying in Evanston

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Generally speaking the exhibits are very educational and worth a trip. I also recommend getting a movie schedule. The films they show are rarely seen masterpieces.

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This small museum is on the Northwestern lakefront campus. It has Interesting exhibits, some by faculty and students. Exhibits change often.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

It would be a shame to miss the Mary and Leigh Block Museum on Northwestern University's Evanston campus. The exhibitions change frequently and all have artistic and social significance. The building is noteworthy and one aspect of the museum that is consistent is the lovely sculpture garden on the grounds surrounding the museum. This also provides the opportunity to experience... More 

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