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Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago
(4.1/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
The Loyola University Museum of Art, which opened in the fall of 2005, is unique among Chicago's many museums for mounting exhibits that explore the spiritual in art from all cultures, faiths, and eras. LUMA is located on Loyola University Chicago's Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago, at 820 North Michigan Ave.LUMA's permanent collection comprises the Martin D'Arcy Collection of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art and objects ranging in date from 1150 to 1800. Established in 1969 by Donald Rowe, S.J., the collection contains over 300 pieces. It was named after British humanist and Jesuit theologian Martin D'Arcy, S.J., who amassed an art collection at Campion Hall, Oxford University, in England. The collection was formerly located in the E.M. Cudahy Memorial Library on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus, in Rogers Park, Chicago.
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  • We sort of stumbled upon this delightful museum and had a wonderful experience not only looking at the exhibitions, but also interacting with staff, consisting of Loyola University students. They were...  more »
  • LUMA is a medium-sized museum that can pack a punch. If you take the time to visit its two floors and spend time to read the information attached to the objects, especially with the temporary exhibits...  more »
  • It's many, many treasures we've found... a successful visit in awe. Not to mention the temporary exhibitions: and there were several, in addition to the permanent exhibition rooms
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  • LUMA is great for religious art. It's small, but worth the trip.
  • I absolutely LOVE the Loyola Museum of Art! The exhibits are both engaging, and absolutely beautiful. Every time there is a new exhibit on display, I make a point to see it. LUMA never fails to amaze me with its diverse collection.
  • If you feel like paying eight dollars per person to walk around a small museum of entirely religious art, all while an angsty undergrad hovers over you making sure you don't damage the collection, then by all means check this place out. Otherwise, there are plenty of other places to spend time and money (and patience) in downtown Chicago.
  • An excellent experience, I went there several times during my years as a Loyola student. Some of the events were a little to 'high class' for my taste, but it was nice to be able to be able to walk around in a calm environment in between classes. A nice way to spend a few hours an afternoon.
  • Took in the Shaker Exhibit. My primary focus was on the woodwork on display. Simply amazing examples of Shaker craftsmanship. Overall the museum is fairly compact. An interesting sidebar while your best girl is on the Mag Mile draining your bank account.