The Smart Museum of Art is an intimate museum for bold encounters with art. Both fueling and expressing the creative energy of the University of Chicago, the Smart opens the world to boundary-breaking art and ideas through innovative exhibitions, ever-changing programs, and a distinctive collection.

The Smart is a pioneering model of what a 21st century university museum can be, inspiring visitors of all ages to experience the dynamic role of the visual arts in our world.

The Smart is open to the public, and admission is always free.


The Museum is named in honor of brothers David (1892–1952) and Alfred (1894–1951) Smart, who launched Esquire magazine and built an innovative publishing business in Chicago. This video looks back at the brother's legacy and historic role in founding the Museum in 1974.



5550 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
5550 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637



Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
Thursdays until 8 pm

Galleries closed Mondays and major holidays
Café and Shop open daily

Admission is always free.