Krannert Art Museum

Krannert Art Museum, Champaign: Hours, Address, Krannert Art Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Krannert Art Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Mike H
London, UK348 contributions
Small but imperfectly formed....
Sep 2019
….the Krennert sits in the middle of the university town, a rather strange building designed by Ambrose Richardson in the 1960s influenced by Meis van der Rohe, though later additions have obscured the original structure somewhat, as with Richardson’s Indianapolis Museum of Art. The result is that there is no clear single entrance and the interior is a maze of small, slightly disconnected galleries, though the two principle spaces are enough to show a very interesting selection of Western art, with a few masterpieces, including a Sevres biscuit group of ‘Les mangers des raisins’ alongside Boucher’s painting of the same subject.

They also have a Sevres punch-bowl from the service given by Louis XV, King of France, to Vittorio Amadeo III, King of Sardinia on the occasion of the marriage of Louis-Stanislas-Xavier, comte de Provence, grandson of Louis XV, to Maria Guiseppina Luigia, King Vittorio Amadeo’s second, but eldest surviving daughter. The label doesn’t say that but it is kinda neat nevertheless.

The loos are difficult to find and use….
Written September 30, 2019
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL6,862 contributions
The second largest fine art museum in Illinois
Aug 2019
The Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois, has 63,000 square feet of space that showcases 10,000 works of art from the fourth century BC to the present. Located at 500 East Peabody Drive in Champaign, the museum was designed by architect Ambrose Richardson in a style reminiscent of the late work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The museum, named for benefactors Herman C. Krannert and his wife Ellnora Krannert, opened in 1961. An addition, the Kinkead Pavilion, was completed in 1988. And a newly designed gallery of African art opened in 2012. Major collections of the museum include the Trees Collection of European and American Painting, the Moore Collection of European and American Decorative Arts, the Olsen Collection of pre-Columbian Art, examples of 20th century art, Asian art, African art, ancient Egyptian art and contemporary photography. It is the second largest fine art museum in Illinois. In addition to its permanent exhibitions, the Krannert Art Museum features 12 to 15 exhibitions each year from traveling national and international museum collections as well as exhibitions of professional artists.
Written August 19, 2019
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jfadds
chicago4,588 contributions
Top university art musem!
Nov 2018 • Family
You never know what you may find here- cutting edge contemporary art to folk art to old masters. The shows are well done and informative- what a great resource for the students and visitors.
Always worth a stop to see what is up.
Written November 13, 2018
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kmz88
Chicago, IL241 contributions
Good collection
Sep 2018 • Solo
They've a nice collection - some Egyptian, ancient Greek, classical paintings etc. They also have themed exhibits like porcelain from China, art forensics etc, which are nice.
Written November 11, 2018
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Jacques H
Montreal, Canada42 contributions
Wonderful small museum in Champaign
May 2018 • Couples
Krannert may not impress people used to large, international museums, but for a city the size of Champaign-Urbana, it combines a very nice permanent collection with fascinating, well-designed temporary exhibits, especially since its renovation (was it a full renovation? I'm not sure, but the layout and feeling of the place changed, for the better, a few years ago).
At Krannert you will find classical, modern and ethnic art inside a space that isn't overwhelming, in which you can take the time to enjoy each piece without becoming saturated. Yet, there is plenty to enjoy.
The Center also hosts occasional concerts and performances.
Whether you live in Champaign-Urbana or are just visiting, if you like the arts, you owe it to yourself to visit the Krannert Center.
Written September 7, 2018
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SallyAnn W
Chicago, IL115 contributions
Hidden Gem
Aug 2018 • Couples
Small town 'art museum' must not be anything, right? NOPE, not when it's connected to the U of I! Always a surprising selection from the vast permanent collection will delight even the most 'big city' connoisseur. Astonishing that admission is always free. Think of it this way: if you can find a place to park that's walking distance and you have any spare time at all... it's fate. Go visit!
Written September 5, 2018
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Shawn H
Washington DC, DC160 contributions
Best Art of Champaign
Aug 2018 • Solo
Well, if you are interested in art in Champaign, you'll end up at the Krannert. While it does not compare to museums in larger cities, I enjoyed a little over an hour here. Unfortunately, several galleries were being redone - but I particularly enjoyed some photography, including an urban scene shot from behind a billboard. I also enjoyed a painting of Wall Street in a snow storm. The museum was free, so you can't complain. Remember the parking is metered, so I'd recommend downloading Champaign's parking app in advance unless you keep a pile of quarters.
Written August 21, 2018
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Emily S
5 contributions
Surprising Gem
Oct 2017 • Friends
Went here with my parents and we were surprised by the size and quality of the museum. We ran out of time to see everything, so we are planning to go back next time they visit.
Written July 19, 2018
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James M
West Lafayette, IN2,088 contributions
Impressive works amid some renovations
Jul 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed a brief visit during the summer with the students away. Metered parking was convenient at an adjacent lot. There was a modern installation that we didn’t care for, but also varied examples of a range of art on two floors. Many of the downstairs galleries were vacant, but there were still some impressive ceramic and glass works there. There are colorful plantings along the walk, and don’t miss a few whimsical sculptures (little figures sweeping up pennies among them) as you leave. Free admission, so they need all the pennies they can sweep up.
Written July 8, 2018
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RedClayRambler
Madison, AL179 contributions
World Class Museum on a college campus!
Jun 2018 • Couples
It was a pleasant surprise that this campus based museum showcased world class art and ancient artifacts - think British Museum quality. The upper floor had outstanding art from the middle ages through modern times. But for me the magic was on the lower floor. There you find an amazing collection of ancient Egyptian and Peruvian art artifacts. This would be a much better known museum if it were located in a major city. But because it is free and on a college campus, it's so much easier to see. Don't miss this one if you find yourselves in Illinois.
Written June 12, 2018
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