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Smart Museum of Art

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Address: 5550 S. Greenwood Ave, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: +1 773-702-0200
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.

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Very nice small collection, lovely building - FREE

For those of you heading towards the Frank Lloyd Wright Robbie House nearby, this museum houses the Robbie House Dining table and chairs, they also have a nice if limited... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 21, 2016
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

For those of you heading towards the Frank Lloyd Wright Robbie House nearby, this museum houses the Robbie House Dining table and chairs, they also have a nice if limited collection of paintings and decorative arts. There is a nice little coffee shop in the lobby, and the courtyard architecture is very pleasant. Not certain I would make this a... More 

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Carlstadt, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

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.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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!

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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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.
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