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Smart Museum of Art

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5550 S Greenwood Ave, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637-1506
+1 773-702-0200
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Outstanding curation of a large collection skillfully displayed in limited space

The eclectic but impressive collection will surprise you given the comparatively limited space at... read more

Reviewed June 4, 2017
Cleveland, Ohio
Some great pieces and lots of diversity

When we visited, the Museum had galleries devoted to Modern Art, to Classicism past and present... read more

Reviewed May 28, 2017
Cheryl H
Iowa City
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
5550 S Greenwood Ave, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637-1506
Hyde Park
+1 773-702-0200
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Reviewed June 4, 2017

The eclectic but impressive collection will surprise you given the comparatively limited space at Smart compared to the Art Institute, for example. However, the pieces on display from the permanent collection are virtually all gems. Bonus: you'll never be overwhelmed by the sheer size of...More

Thank Llibsenoj
Reviewed May 28, 2017

When we visited, the Museum had galleries devoted to Modern Art, to Classicism past and present, and to Asian art. There was also a special exhibit of a German Fluxus artist. I found the curation enjoyably educational; no doubt U of Chicago art professors have...More

Thank Cheryl H
Reviewed April 27, 2017

The Smart Museum must be one of the most overlooked gems in Chicago. Small in size with a very eclectic permanent collection that rotates annually, the museum also hosts special temporary exhibits on a wise range of topics. The show on Classicism currently on display...More

Thank AlWalavich
Reviewed December 21, 2016

This is one of Chicago's hidden gems. It is small and can be seen in fairly quickly. an hour to a few hours depending on how in depth your viewing takes you. The collection is excellent and much of it rotates on a regular basis....More

Thank Glutton567
Reviewed December 19, 2016

We were staying in downtown Chicago and visited this area mainly to see Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. With extra time on our hands, we wandered over to this free attraction. It seems like they have some permanent exhibits and some rotating ones as well....More

Thank TarHeel
Reviewed December 7, 2016

This is a small art museum but it has pieces from all over the world and different time eras ( some modern and some centuries old). Thus, a little Asian art, a little European art, a little African art, and American art. Mostly fine art...More

Thank BiracialTravelWoman
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...More

Thank Roadbirds
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...More

Thank richard201
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...More

Thank AdventurerJudy
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...More

Thank panama2000
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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