As the fine arts museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art 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 scholarly and community collaborations and a welcoming approach to its exhibitions, collections, publications, research and teaching, and public programs, the Smart Museum plays a dynamic role in expanding artistic canons, rethinking received histories, introducing new perspectives, and engaging diverse communities—locally, nationally, and internationally. The Smart Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024.

Always free

Thanks to the support of our Smart Partners, admission to the Smart Museum of Art is always free and open to all. 

Mission statement

The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago opens the world through art and ideas.


General support for the Smart Museum’s programs and operations in 2021–2022 is provided in part by the Smart Family Foundation, the Museum’s SmartPartners, The University of Chicago, Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard Driehaus Foundation, Janis Kanter and Thomas McCormick Endowment, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Harper Court Arts Council, the Amy Gold and Brett Gorvy Student Work Fund, Eloise W. Martin Fund, Brooks McCormick, Jr. Japanese Print Collection Care Endowment, J & S Freehling Arts Fund, Estate of Miriam Graham, Estate of Lester and Betty Guttman, and The Estate of Gerald Ratner.

Illinois Arts Council Agency