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.
Opening hoursTues, Wed, Fri 10 am â€“ 5 pm
Thurs 10 am â€“ 8 pm
Sat and Sun 10 am â€“ 5 pm
Tues - Sun 10 am â€“ 5 pm
Galleries closed Mondays and holidays
CafĂ© and Museum Shop open daily.
Getting thereThe Smart Museum of Art is located on the University of Chicago's Hyde Park campus.
Travel by car:
Via Lake Shore Drive -- Exit 53rd Street, and turn left on Hyde Park Boulevard. Turn right on 55th Street and continue west to Greenwood Avenue, turn left. The Museum is on the right in the center of the block.
Via The Kennedy Expressway (90-94) -- Exit at Garfield Boulevard (55th Street), and travel east through Washington Park. Turn right to join 55th Street and continue until you reach Greenwood Avenue. Turn right; the Museum is on the right in the center of the block.
Parking is available in the University's parking garage located on the south side of 55th Street between Greenwood Avenue and Ellis Avenue. The garage is free after 4pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. There is also metered visitor and handicapped parking in the Pierce Towers Lot (corner of 55th Street and Greenwood Avenue) and in the University Police Department Lot (on Ellis Avenue between 55 th and 56th Streets).
A 15-minute loading zone space for group drop-off is available at the Museum's entrance on Greenwood Avenue.
Travel by Public Transportation:
Red Line to Garfield Boulevard stop -- Transfer to eastbound CTA #55 Garfield bus or #55X Garfield Express bus, exit Ellis Avenue and walk one block east to Greenwood Avenue.
Jackson Park Express (CTA bus #6) to 55th Street â€“â€“ Transfer to westbound CTA #55 Garfield bus, exit Greenwood Avenue.
Facilitiesdisabled facilities and entrances, shop/cafĂ©, educational classrooms
Museum internal and external photos (3)Click on the images to enlarge