Fall 2021 

This fall, the Smart Museum of Art expands hours of operation 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. 

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Know before you go—please review our current guidelines below prior to your visit. 

Thanksgiving Hours
Galleries will close at 2 pm on Wednesday, November 24
Closed all day Thursday November 25
Closed all day Friday, November 26
Open regular hours Saturday and Sunday, November 27 and 28, 10 am–5 pm

Regular hours
Monday: 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

University class visits
The Museum is open to University of Chicago classes as well as available for individual or small group student research visits coordinated through the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry. Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance. To inquire or make a booking, please contact Berit Ness at

Other group visits
All guided group tours and guided K–12 field trips have been suspended until further notice. We are able to accommodate a limited number of self-guided group visits, coordinated by our visitor services team. To check availability and to schedule a self-guided group visit in advance, please contact 773.702.0200 or

Toward Common Cause
The Smart Museum has organized Toward Common Cause in collaboration with partner venues across the University of Chicago, the South Side, and the city of Chicago. Browse the full list of related projects and get additional information about visiting partner venues at the exhibition website,


Contact our visitor services team at 773.702.0200 or

Plan your visit

Make a reservation
The Smart Museum is free, and open to anyone who can safely visit. However, we invite you to make a reservation in advance.

What you can expect
The University of Chicago’s COVID-19 daily health protocols apply to everyone on campus, including visitors to the Smart Museum. 

A visitor’s decision to be present on campus and/or in University facilities serves as their acknowledgment and acceptance of the potential risks posed to them by COVID-19. Visitors and vendors are required to follow the University’s COVID-19 guidance applicable at the time of their visit.

This experience is open to all invitees regardless of vaccination status and, because of ongoing health risks to the unvaccinated, those who are unvaccinated are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures advised by public health officials (masking and social distancing, etc.). Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others, including venue staff, and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures. 

The Smart Museum of Art is located on the north edge of the University of Chicago’s campus in Hyde Park. We are located 7.5 miles south of the Loop, and easily accessible by car or by public transit

Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago

5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Please note, access to academic, dining, and campus arts facilities may be limited. For additional information, review the University’s latest updates on buildings and dining facilities