Picasso. Matisse. Rothko. Rodin. You’d expect to see the work of these renowned artists in the Louvre, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but would a group of such heavy hitters ever be on display at a university museum? Only in Chicago, where the Smart Museum forms the crown jewel of the University of Chicago’s art history department. So if you’re looking to infuse your next family outing with a soupçon of sophistication, treat the kids to an afternoon of culture and fun at this world-class institution, with more than 10,000 paintings and sculptures by some of the greatest artists history has ever seen. Let the youngsters’ imaginations lead the way as they choose their favorite classics among the European and Asian art collections—they can track down postcards to remember them by at the gift shop—then move on to more whimsical works at the gallery of contemporary art, perfect for eliciting a few giggles. Before you go, stretch your legs with a stroll through the outdoor sculpture garden, where a few larger-than-life works will provide plenty of conversation topics to explore over snacks and refreshments in the café.

Smart Museum of Art

5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Chicago IL 60637

(773) 702-0200

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