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Smart Museum of Art

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Spending a cultural day at the University of Chicago

The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art isn't in the same class with the Art Institute of Chicago... read more

Reviewed November 15, 2018
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
Nice, small art museum to visit

It is a small art museum on the University of Chicago campus and free admission. They do have a... read more

Reviewed June 29, 2018
Betty C
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The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is a site for inquiry and exchange that encourages the examination of complex issues through the lens of art objects and artistic practice. Admission is always free and the Museum is open to...more
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5550 S Greenwood Ave, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637-1506
Hyde Park
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Reviewed December 7, 2018

Museum has small exhibits, from abstract art to black movement. It is a nice place, free admission, well organised. There is also small museum cafe

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 15, 2018

The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art isn't in the same class with the Art Institute of Chicago or the Museum of Contemporary Art. But its permanent collection contains over 15,000 objects, from modern art to Asian art to European art to contemporary art,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed June 29, 2018

It is a small art museum on the University of Chicago campus and free admission. They do have a lot of art (shown on their website) but only a small portion is on display. We took their tour and had a very knowledgeable and friendly...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Betty C
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

Its my neighborhood art museum. Simply love this place. Not as famous and doesn't have the collection of the MCA or the Art Institute but really has a nice feel. The staff is happy to see you and thrilled to share their knowledge with you....More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed December 19, 2017

Decided to go and see exhibits at this museum off the beaten path. Again recommended by our son. Enjoyed the "Revolution" exhibit with a focus on Russia and also Eastern Europe.

Date of experience: October 2017
4  Thank Maxime D
Reviewed November 30, 2017

It's nothing! Only 4 galleries are open, the others are under repairment. Most of their collections are not on view. The exhibition is poor. Finished in 10 minutes. Not worth the $12 parking and the lengthy driving in traffic jam. What a disappointment!

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed November 4, 2017

this is a small museum on the campus. clearly, the staff devote great efforts to having an environment for teaching and research, but they also serve the community with items of interest to students in public school. there are items of interest at many levels....More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank jeffrey k
Reviewed October 4, 2017

It is a small museum on the campus but it is free. It had several rooms of various contemporary art pieces, a special quilting display that is actually hands on and also a Russian / Socialist historical posters and propaganda showing that was very educating.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Michael M
Reviewed August 9, 2017

I'll start this by saying that I am not overly fond of the modern art movement so you may enjoy this museum more if you are. That said, the museum is actually a lot closer to a gallery. There's nothing wrong with that, just don't...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank brianfH1501IL
Reviewed August 5, 2017

The Smart Museum is a little gallery at the University of Chicago, with two galleries, each housing temporary modern exhibits, with some older things thrown in. Unfortunately, it was just about completely forgettable. There were maybe two interesting pieces, including a table by Frank Lloyd...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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smartmuseum, Guest Relations Manager at Smart Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2017

Thank you for visiting the Smart Museum and for sharing your review. This summer, we have temporarily closed several galleries for reconfiguration, leaving only a small selection of art on display for visitors. We will review our website to ensure that gallery closures and similar...More

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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
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