We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! You come to us for reviews — now you can book your hotel right here on TripAdvisor.

Smart Museum of Art

Hyde Park
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 5550 S Greenwood Ave, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637-1506
Phone Number: 773.702.0200
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 29 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 17
  • 9
    Very good
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
Art 101

They were installing a photo exhibit in a section of the space. The open space available was a wide ranging display, that had something of interest for everyone. We read the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Carlstadt, New Jersey
Add Photo Write a Review

29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 28: English reviews
Carlstadt, New Jersey
Level Contributor
73 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They were installing a photo exhibit in a section of the space. The open space available was a wide ranging display, that had something of interest for everyone. We read the notice after going through the space, that the exhibit was set up to enhance the student learning experience for ART 101.

Thank richard201
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
284 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Worthwhile to visit. Have intended to visit for years and finally went with art class friends to see the Monster Roster exhibit. Highly recommend a going. Learned about the Chicago artists during WWII and what influenced them. Parking is easy on the street, lot of nearby inexpensive garage open to the public.

Thank AdventurerJudy
Providence, Rhode Island
Level Contributor
301 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

It is a little bit tucked away, but well worth the visit. If you are in town to see the Robie house, be sure to stop here to see the diningroom table. Like the Oriental Museum, this museum on the University of Chicago campus is free. The permanent collection includes a Rothko and Milton Avery who were painting buddies. The... More 

Thank panama2000
Level Contributor
146 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

After visiting Robie recently it was cool to see the original furniture. Kind of a loud environment at least when I visited but a nice visit nonetheless. Pretty small but can be combined with so many nearby museums to make a great day!

Thank eec317
Vicenza, Italy
Level Contributor
224 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

Very nicely done museum on the University of Chicago campus. Absolutely free, with a nice cafe and very friendly staff. Small is probably an understatement: there were maybe ten rooms total. Wide variety of art, but usually one example of each, with the exception of the special exhibit room that rotates. Well worth a stop if you are in Hyde... More 

Thank DVen8
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
60 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

This museum is a lovely place to spend a few hours if you find yourself in Hyde Park. It is small but often has well-curated special exhibits that are accompanied by gallery talks, events for kids, symposia and other events. If you are campus for the tour or visiting other attractions in the neighborhood, you may want to stop by.... More 

Thank Susan B
Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
117 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016 via mobile

This is a great attraction to visit while in Chicago, especially on a notoriously cold and windy day. The museum had a wide variety of works to observe and is known for its exhibits.

Thank Cmcdonald86
Milan, Italy
Level Contributor
76 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

The display is intended for students taking the Art 101 course at the university. There is a wide range of modern art on display, ranging from very good nineteenth century art to very modern art (much less to our taste). There are some older works which we also liked.

1 Thank Andrew D
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
92 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

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
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

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

Travelers who viewed Smart Museum of Art also viewed


Been to Smart Museum of Art? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Smart Museum of Art staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Hyde Park

Neighborhood Profile
Hyde Park
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.