Visit the Smart



Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


Campus Construction

Please be advised that as part of the University of Chicago's Campus North construction project, Greenwood Avenue in front of the Smart has been closed to traffic.

Get directions to the Smart.


Gallery reinstallation

All of the Smart Museum’s galleries will be closed for reinstallation between December 22, 2014 and February 11, 2015. The lobby and café will be open as usual.

Museum hours

Monday   Galleries closed
Tuesday   10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday   10 am – 5 pm
Thursday   10 am – 8 pm
Friday   10 am – 5 pm
Saturday   10 am – 5 pm
Sunday   10 am – 5 pm

Smart Café & Shop Hours

Monday   8 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday   8 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday   8 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday   8 am – 7:30 pm
Friday   8 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday   10 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday   10 am – 4:30 pm

The Smart Museum is closed on major US holidays.

Admission is always free

Thanks to the support of Smart Partners, admission to the Smart Museum is free for everyone.

Museum map

Before you visit, explore what's on view and download a map (PDF) of the Smart's galleries.


For groups of all ages, the Smart offers a range of docent-led and self-guided tour options. Reservations are required—please schedule your group visit at least two weeks in advance.

The Smart also occasionally offers free, drop-in public tours led by our curators and others. Check the calendar for the latest.


Patrons with disabilities can park immediately west of the Museum, in the Young parking lot. For best access, patrons with disabilities should enter the Smart Museum’s courtyard from this side (through the west gate by Ellis Avenue).

A complimentary wheelchair is available next to the coat closet. A ramp into the Museum’s galleries is located just past the café. Please ask at the information desk if you require any assistance.

The Smart Museum's public facilities also include an ADA-compliant restroom.

Coat and bag check

Bag and coat check services are complimentary. A coat closet is available for use by our patrons, and is located just around the corner from the Museum entrance. Large bags, backpacks, umbrellas, and other items should be checked at the information desk. The Smart Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen property.


Visitors may use strollers throughout the Smart. A ramp into the Museum’s galleries is located just past the café. Strollers may also be stored in the coat closet or at the information desk.


During your visit, help the Smart protect the artworks in our galleries by following a few simple guidelines.

  • Please do not touch the art. To avoid accidents, be aware of your surroundings and keep a safe distance from works of art, cases, and platforms at all times.
  • Before entering the galleries, check large bags, backpacks, and umbrellas at the information desk. The bag check is complimentary.
  • Please dispose of any food, drink, or gum.
  • Write and sketch only with pencils. If needed, pencils are available at the information desk. If you plan to sketch in the galleries, please be sure to read over our sketching policy (PDF).
  • Please silence your cell phone.
  • If you plan to take photos in the galleries, read over our photography policy and fill out a permission form at the information desk.

Our Community

Located in the heart of the culture coast on Chicago’s mid South Side, Hyde Park is a unique, thriving neighborhood filled with a diverse array of arts, cultural, and dining opportunities. Anchored by the University of Chicago, one of the world’s great intellectual communities, the neighborhood is infused with a spirit of inquiry and discovery. Learn more »

Above: Photo of the Smart Museum by Chris Strong.
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