Art Museums in Chicago

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Art Museums in Chicago

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  • CultureVulture60657
    Chicago, IL8,404 contributions
    The Cezanne retrospective now at the Art Institute through early September is stupendous. The curators have gathered works from the AIC's own large holdings of Cezanne plus other museums across Europe and the U.S. for a comprehensive look at the life work this important late 19th Century painter. Cezanne revisited the same subjects time after time over the course of decades. To see several in one room is a rare opportunity. I also loved the video in which the curators dissected 3 paintings, even using infrared technology, to explain how, using color, Cezanne built up his images. It's a large show, about 130 works, plus notebooks and other items, so plan to spend a couple hours with it.
    Written 13 May 2022
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  • Jaime L
    5 contributions
    This museum is very well organized and maintained. From reception to end you can find staff that can answer your questions regarding the collections. Tiffany!!
    Written 2 May 2022
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  • pollyanywhere
    New York City, NY537 contributions
    Surprised how good this museum quality is!! It’s even free. I caught Frida’s photograph exhibit by accident. So fabulous!!
    Written 27 April 2022
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  • Bastian
    Copenhagen, Denmark111 contributions
    The museum is not very large compared to other contemporary art museums but it makes good use of the space. You can easily see all exhibitions in a couple of hours. There is a good mix of different artistic styles on display.
    Written 23 February 2020
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  • Porsche S
    2 contributions
    Definitely should come down on the price point, maybe 10-15 worth of exhibits to really see. Kinda bored but made the most of the money spent
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Mikey
    2 contributions
    this is a fun small museum with an interesting collection. We take all our visitors here. You need a couple hours here and it is something a bit different in the city.
    Written 10 January 2020
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  • jtfranco
    New Bern, NC171 contributions
    With over 40 murals to see walking the Wabash Corridor was pretty amazing. It's just a few blocks with all these murals crammed in. Go online and download a map. Beautiful!
    Written 31 December 2019
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  • kmz88
    Chicago, IL362 contributions
    It's a small but nice museum. The people who run it are very friendly. They are eager to tell you about the culture and history of Ukraine, which is very nice. The museum is free. They do take donations. You will see and learn a lot about Ukraine. The egg collection is beautiful!
    Written 12 September 2021
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,535 contributions
    My wife and I have browsed the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago on previous occasions. But after seeing the display of the Thorne collection at the Phoenix Art Museum during our recent two-week vacation in Arizona, we decided to make another visit to larger Thorne collection in Chicago. It is an exhibit unlike any other, a child's dream. Thorne Miniature Rooms are a set of about 100 miniature models of rooms created between 1932 and 1940 under the direction of Narcissa Niblack Thorne, who was born in 1882 in Vincennes, Indiana. As a child, she began to collect miniature furniture and household accessories. Her uncle, a U.S. Navy vice admiral, sent her many antique dollhouse miniatures from around the world. When she was 19, she married Montgomery Ward department store heir James Ward Thorne, whose fortune helped to finance her hobby. Ninety-nine of the rooms are still believed to be in existence. The majority of them, a total of 68, are on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 111 South Michigan Avenue. We saw 20 of them at the Phoenix Art Museum. The Art Institute's rooms document European and American interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s and the 17th century to the 1930s, respectively. Constructed on a 1:12 scale, the rooms are largely made of the same materials as full-sized rooms and some even include original works of art, including paintings and sculpture, silver bowls and crystal chandeliers. They are among the most popular attractions at the Art Institute with an authentic appearance and attention to detail that boggles the mind.
    Written 20 November 2019
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  • LostALot22
    Chicago, IL10,492 contributions
    This was a very different art gallery in the Water Tower place. If you like Dr Seuss you will like it. Although it’s very expensive.
    Written 27 January 2020
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,535 contributions
    The world-famous Art Institute of Chicago gets most of the publicity, and deservedly so, but if you are trying to avoid crowds (remember the Normal Rockwell exhibit?), a wonderful alternative is the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. Located at 5550 South Greenwood Avenue, it is an art museum that features more than 15,000 objects, is open to the general public and admission is free. Established in 1974, the Smart Museum of Art and the adjacent Cochrane-Woods Art Center were designed by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. The Smart collection is displayed in four permanent galleries dedicated to modern art, Asian art, European art and contemporary art. One of the most notable items in the collection is the original dining room furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Robie House. The museum also maintains an archive of artwork, sketchbooks, letters, tools, original woodblocks and other personal material related to the life and work of H.C. Westermann. The museum's founders, brothers David and Alfred Smart, were the Chicago-based publishers of Esquire magazine and founders of Coronet Films.
    Written 23 August 2019
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  • CityHiker73
    near Milwaukee, WI451 contributions
    We happened to be visiting a relative nearby, and this museum was recommended to us. It is on the second floor, so you do have to be alert to find it. We were greeted warmly. It is art by all veterans, though more by Viet Nam vets. Many thought-provoking drawings and photographs. Some sculptures. One area highlights work by Kurt Vonnegut, and another is inspired by Tim O'Brien's books. The O'Brien room is filled with stuff brought by soldiers.
    Written 29 October 2019
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  • globetrottergirl196
    Fort Lauderdale, FL8 contributions
    Arrived to museum at 12:15PM on a Tuesday, but a closed notice was posted at entrance. I didn’t get to visit but give high rating because I didn’t see anywhere to update on TripAdvisor with temporary closed status.
    Written 28 September 2021
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  • Megan Stephenson
    Chicago, IL2 contributions
    There's some nice exhibits on the different floors. It's free if you're a DePaul student. The opening times vary.
    Written 30 May 2021
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  • lauralei99
    Chicago, Illinois24 contributions
    The Museum admission fee is $5.00, an unbeatable price. Prepare to walk up two flights of stairs to begin the experience, in which you'll watch an old Channel 11 Chicago video about the the Union, and how it was formed. The details are very interesting, especially since we had thought we knew a lot about the Brotherhood. There are great photos of porters, their wives, and their workplaces. There is plenty of memorabilia along the way, and a place to purchase souvenirs of the visit.
    Written 8 January 2020
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