As the fine arts museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart is home to thought-provoking exhibitions and an exquisite collection of ancient, modern, and contemporary art from across the globe. Admission is always free.
The Smart presents several special exhibitions each year. These dynamic projects often build on teaching and research at UChicago and translate big ideas about art and culture into engaging experiences.
The Museum is home to a wide-ranging collection that includes modern masterpieces like Frank Lloyd Wright's dining set for the nearby Robie House, millennia-old Chinese ritual objects, rich examples of Old Master painting, and provocative works of contemporary art, particular art from Chicago. In the galleries, painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and works on paper are displayed side by side. The collection and the Smart's intimate size allow for both deep explorations and unexpected encounters across aesthetic approaches, eras, and cultures.