Smart Museum of Art University of Chicago

5550 South Greenwood Avenue

Mission statement:

The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago opens the world through art and ideas.


As the art museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art takes a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to the collection, display, and interpretation of art. Founded in 1974, the Smart is home to acclaimed special exhibitions and a permanent collection that spans five thousand years of artistic creation. Working in close collaboration with scholars from the University of Chicago, the Smart has established itself as a leading academic art museum and an engine of adventurous thinking about the visual arts and their place in society.


Janice Montenegro

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

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.


Thursday, Nov. 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!

eithne ran

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

The BEST UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM! The exhibition makes perfect balance between academic research and public interests!

Jean Chastain

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

Modern avant-garde art on the University of Chicago campus

Julliam Dones

Sunday, July 2, 2017

All is close except the modern gallery. Travel so far for nothing and the webpage don't indicate that is under construction. What a shame on the museum.