Study Room

Accessing the collection

The Smart Museum of Art's study room provides public access to our collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs.

The room is available, by appointment, to individuals and groups including University of Chicago classes as well as independent scholars, students, and other school groups. A member of the Smart Museum's staff will be available at all times of the visit and will handle the artworks.


The study room is open by appointment Tuesday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm. (Other visit times may be considered on an individual basis.)


Appointments must be made at least two weeks in advance, and lists of objects must be given at least one week in advance. In case of cancelations or rescheduling please give 24 hours notice.

To make a reservation, please use the form below or email Berit Ness for an appointment.

Choosing objects

The Smart Museum is home to a wide range of works, with notable collections of Asian art, European art, modern art and design, and contemporary art. Generally up to 10 objects can be brought out for view at one time, depending on their size.

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Top: A UChicago class views work from the collection in the Smart’s study room.