Smart Museum of Art

Update, Fall 2021:

This fall, the Smart Museum of Art expands public hours to six days a week and reintroduces evening hours on Thursdays. As always, admission is free, and our exhibitions Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40 and Smart to the Core: Medium / Image are open to the public. For information on what to expect during your visit, read our updated visit guidelines and then make a reservation to visit.

Public Hours
Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday until 8 pm
Closed Mondays


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.

Opening summer 2021, Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40 is a multi-site exhibition organized by the Smart Museum in collaboration with more than two dozen exhibition, programmatic, and research partner across the city. The exhibition encompasses a broad spectrum of contemporary artistic practice, and features work by 28 MacArthur Fellows. Learn more at

Visit the website for a complete list of current exhibitions and programs.

Image: Installation view: Take Care. From left to right: Suellen Rocca, Cha Cha Couple, 1967; Laura Letinsky, Untitled #6, 2009; and Kerry James Marshall, Slow Dance, 1992–1993.


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