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Mary and Leigh Block Museum

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Address: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL 60208-0883
Phone Number: 847-491-4000
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Permanent collection is a rich selection of more than 4,000 prints,...

Permanent collection is a rich selection of more than 4,000 prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture and mixed media dating from the 13th century to present day.

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FREE pleasure!

If you're walking on Evanston campus do stop by and enjoy the free exhibitions in that museum. There's always something new and interesting there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2016
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Highland Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

This is a truly wonderful little campus art museum. While I recently went here with a friend and didn't care for the exhibit, it was the exhibit and not the museum itself. The museum is set up nicely and easily accessible. It is a bit of a walk from the parking lot if you are elderly or disabled. Love that... More 

Thank Hpmicks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

If you're walking on Evanston campus do stop by and enjoy the free exhibitions in that museum. There's always something new and interesting there.

Thank Irishka60645
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Mostly known as the "Topless Celist," Charlotte Moorman was an amazing avant-garde artist who needs to be better known so that the American avant-garde can be better understood. This show covers it all.

1 Thank Rolf A
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

A lovely, small art museum and auditorium located at the edge of Lake Michigan on the Northwestern U campus. There are changing exhibits and movie series here. Although the NW campus almost never feels crowded or hurried, the Block is a quiet respite that you may enjoy if the hubbub of a campus visit becomes too much. Parking is easy... More 

2 Thank GavroPrincip
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

Very interesting and unique exhibits that change every few months. The Block also shows films and has talks related to the exhibits that compliment the genre and provoke conversation and thought. Best of all, the museum is free to all.

2 Thank Mary M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Visited today and found the Charlotte Moorman exhibit fascinating - especially the part with her "stuff" as she told her family to never throw anything away. Will caution the exhibit is a bit of sensory overload, but I think that's the way she would have liked it! Overall nice visit, would return again for new exhibits!

2 Thank eec317
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

My daughter was in class and her friends invited me to the block. I took art our by a spirited theatre major who knows her art history. I think this place holds its own, and whether you're on campus for your child or just visiting Evanston, stroll in and step into a magical and completely cool museum.

2 Thank Ditzyredhead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

I have been going to "the Block" as we call it for many years. The past 5 years have been a big growth period for them. The exhibits have been extraordinary along with lectures and in depth biographies of the artists exhibit.

2 Thank Maria S
Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My wife and I came upon the museum while walking around the grounds of Northwestern University. We saw a very interesting art exhibit entitled "The Last Supper" which was a collection of plates from death row inmates in Texas. The museum is free and they have both permanent and changing art collections.

1 Thank RSGrosse1
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

The art museum of Northwestern University, it houses well-curated rotating exhibits of their permanent collection but also of interesting visiting collections. Well-respected in the art world, a lovely location for a long walk around NU's "most beautiful college campus." Plan to visit Shakespeare Garden, too.

1 Thank BAB0821

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