We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Smart Museum of Art

Hyde Park
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 5550 S Greenwood Ave, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637-1506
Phone Number:
+1 773-702-0200
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

As the art museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art is...

As the art museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art is home to acclaimed special exhibitions and a permanent collection that spans five thousand years of artistic creation. Free and open to the public.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 35 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 19
  • 12
    Very good
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
Little Gem worth the visit

The Smart Museum must be one of the most overlooked gems in Chicago. Small in size with a very eclectic permanent collection that rotates annually, the museum also hosts special... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
Add Photo Write a Review

35 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 33: English reviews
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Smart Museum must be one of the most overlooked gems in Chicago. Small in size with a very eclectic permanent collection that rotates annually, the museum also hosts special temporary exhibits on a wise range of topics. The show on Classicism currently on display is fascinating and well worth the trip to the campus/

Thank AlWalavich
Glenview, Illinois
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 December 2016

This is one of Chicago's hidden gems. It is small and can be seen in fairly quickly. an hour to a few hours depending on how in depth your viewing takes you. The collection is excellent and much of it rotates on a regular basis. I go there often. Parking is pretty easy especially on weekends and during university vacation... More 

Thank Glutton567
Level Contributor
450 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

We were staying in downtown Chicago and visited this area mainly to see Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. With extra time on our hands, we wandered over to this free attraction. It seems like they have some permanent exhibits and some rotating ones as well. There is an eclectic collection of art from around the world, and enough to pass... More 

Thank TarHeel
Level Contributor
32 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is a small art museum but it has pieces from all over the world and different time eras ( some modern and some centuries old). Thus, a little Asian art, a little European art, a little African art, and American art. Mostly fine art but there is Frank Lloyd Wright furniture ( dining room table and chairs). Plus changing... More 

Thank BiracialTravelWoman
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
361 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

For those of you heading towards the Frank Lloyd Wright Robbie House nearby, this museum houses the Robbie House Dining table and chairs, they also have a nice if limited collection of paintings and decorative arts. There is a nice little coffee shop in the lobby, and the courtyard architecture is very pleasant. Not certain I would make this a... More 

Thank Roadbirds
Carlstadt, New Jersey
Level Contributor
74 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

They were installing a photo exhibit in a section of the space. The open space available was a wide ranging display, that had something of interest for everyone. We read the notice after going through the space, that the exhibit was set up to enhance the student learning experience for ART 101.

Thank richard201
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
284 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Worthwhile to visit. Have intended to visit for years and finally went with art class friends to see the Monster Roster exhibit. Highly recommend a going. Learned about the Chicago artists during WWII and what influenced them. Parking is easy on the street, lot of nearby inexpensive garage open to the public.

Thank AdventurerJudy
Providence, Rhode Island
Level Contributor
402 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016

It is a little bit tucked away, but well worth the visit. If you are in town to see the Robie house, be sure to stop here to see the diningroom table. Like the Oriental Museum, this museum on the University of Chicago campus is free. The permanent collection includes a Rothko and Milton Avery who were painting buddies. The... More 

Thank panama2000
Level Contributor
146 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016

After visiting Robie recently it was cool to see the original furniture. Kind of a loud environment at least when I visited but a nice visit nonetheless. Pretty small but can be combined with so many nearby museums to make a great day!

Thank eec317
Vicenza, Italy
Level Contributor
252 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2016

Very nicely done museum on the University of Chicago campus. Absolutely free, with a nice cafe and very friendly staff. Small is probably an understatement: there were maybe ten rooms total. Wide variety of art, but usually one example of each, with the exception of the special exhibit room that rotates. Well worth a stop if you are in Hyde... More 

Thank dven8

Been to Smart Museum of Art? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Smart Museum of Art staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Hyde Park

Neighbourhood Profile
Hyde Park
If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.
Explore this neighbourhood