April 8–June 13, 2021

Spring 2021 special hours

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Smart Museum of Art this spring. Our exhibitions Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe and Museum as Classroom will be open to the general public by timed reservation, Thursday–Sunday, 11 am–4 pm. In addition, we are 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

Contact our visitor services team at 773.702.0200 or


The University of Chicago’s COVID-19 daily health protocols apply to everyone on campus, including visitors to the Smart Museum. In order to visit the Smart, you will be required to complete an attestation form confirming that you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and agreeing to comply with social distancing and safety protocols during your time at the Smart.

By appointment only

Universal face coverings and hand hygiene

Social distancing

Anyone coming to campus must self-monitor for symptoms and stay home if they have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 or have had any symptoms, including:

Arriving at the Smart Museum
If driving to the Smart Museum, parking is available one block away, in the University's Campus North parking garage located on 55th Street and Ellis Avenue. There is also metered visitor and accessible parking spaces available in the Young parking lot located just to the west of the Museum.

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


Our re-opening plan follows the guidance and public health protocols from the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and University of Chicago.  

We are further supporting a safe museum space and campus environment by:

We are enhancing and increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitation across the building, especially for high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces

Before returning to the Museum, all Smart employees will complete the University of Chicago’s training module on campus health and safety precautions

COVID-19 monitoring, case reporting, and contact tracing

Anyone coming to campus—including Museum staff and visitors—must self-monitor for symptoms and stay home if they have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 or have a fever, cough, or other symptoms


We will continue to monitor guidelines issued by the University of Chicago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the City of Chicago, and State of Illinois. We will evaluate our plan regularly and may further adjust as the situation develops.