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Smart Museum of Art, Chicago

4.3
#24 of 42 in Museums in Chicago
As the fine arts museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart is home to thought-provoking exhibitions and an exquisite collection of more than 15,000 objects, including modern masterpieces, millennia-old Chinese artworks, rich examples of Renaissance painting, and provocative works of contemporary art.

Admission is always free.

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The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago opens the world through art and ideas.
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  • 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.  more »
  • 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 l...  more »
  • 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 i...  more »
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  • Hidden Jem on the campus of the University of Chicago. Many traveling exhibits. Nice people.
  • post, November 2017: Meter parking available. Since this museum is on the University of Illinois, free parking was a challenge and I was lucky to find free parking during the day. WIN! Upon entry, an employee in the help desk kindly directed me the must see exhibit if I'm only spending a short time there. Another win when it is free admission and open to the public always. Houses 15,000 pieces of art all cramed into this building! I don't know much about art, though I like the idea of going back into time of how people lived through film/video, sculptures, posters, and paintings. Even better when crafts are donated to other charities esp the museum display by Jayna Zweiman: Welcome Blanket. The artist allows participants to make a blanket for new immigrants or refugees. This exhibit closed down last December 2017. Spend some time at this museum when you're around the area.
  • 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!
  • Everyone sjould go here they sre so great in involving people with art, great for kids
  • The BEST UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM! The exhibition makes perfect balance between academic research and public interests!
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