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Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago

Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago

Located in Hyde Park


5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago IL 60637

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The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is a site for rigorous inquiry and exchange that encourages the examination of complex issues through the lens of art objects and artistic practice. Through strong community and scholarly partnerships, the Museum incorporates diverse ideas, identities, and experiences into its exhibitions and collections, academic initiatives, and public programming.

The Smart first opened in 1974. Admission is always free.

Health and Safety

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Masks Provided

Masks Required-Guest

Masks Required-Staff

Reservations Required

Hand Wash/Sanitizer Stations

Social Distancing Guidelines Enforced

Reduced Occupancy/Occupancy Limits

Wheelchair Accessible

Complimentary PolicyGroup tours are offered free of charge

Average Visit/Tour Length1 hour

Group Capacity35

Virtual Tour

Miles from O'Hare Airport25.5

Miles from Midway Airport8.0

Miles from Navy Pier8.0

Miles from McCormick Place5.0

Miles from Downtown7.5



Student Group Friendly

Special Interest Tours Offered

Complimentary On-site Parking

Public Space Wi-Fi Available

ADA Compliant

Public Space Wi-Fi COMP or FeeComplimentary

Self-Parking AvailableOn-site

Food On-siteOTHER

Airport(s) ServedORD & MDW

Hours of OperationTuesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pmnOpen Thursday evenings until 8 pmnnGalleries closed Mondays and major US holidays. Cafe and Shop open daily.


Preferred Catering Providers

Largest Room, Reception Capacity (Standing)200

Largest Room, Banquet Capacity (Seated)60

Off-Site Catering Allowed

Max Capacity, Theater Style75

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing)200

Max Capacity, Banquet Style (Seated)60



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