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Hours:
Sun - Thurs: 10 am - 8 pm, Fri - Sat: 10 am - 10 pm

When to Go:
Weekday mornings.

Seasonal Information:
Open Year Round

Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier

Quick Facts

  • There are 150 permanent stained glass pieces in the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier.
  • The Smith Museum Chicago is the only museum in the United States that is solely dedicated to the exhibition of stained glass windows.
  • The Smith Museum Navy Pier Chicago features stained glass artwork from local, national, and international artists.
  • To protect the priceless artwork, each stained glass window at the Smith Museum of Stained Glass is protected by a bullet-proof sheet of glass.

Address:
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
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Tour Review : Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.65
Location:
3
Information:
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Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

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Stained Glass Museum Chicago - Worth Some of Your Time

This place was surprisingly really cool. I just happened to be walking down Navy Pier and I had never check this place out before. Since it’s free, I went in and was so impressed by how detailed and beautiful some of the stained glass windows were. It’s at the very end of Navy Pier and tucked away indoors far enough from all the tourists and children. It was practically empty when I went, kind of a secret gem if you ask me. It doesn’t take very long to walk through and it’s completely free, so it’s definitely worth your time if you happen to be on Navy Pier.

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Summary

Features: Located at Navy Pier, the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at navy Pier is a permanent display of 150 stained glass windows housed in an 800 foot long series of galleries along the lower level terraces of Festival Hall. Open since February 2000, it is the first museum in the United States dedicated solely to stained glass windows. It showcases both secular and religious windows and is divided by artistic theme into four categories: Victorian, Prairie, Modern and Contemporary. All of the windows were designed by prominent local, national and European studios and most were originally installed in Chicago area residential, commercial and religious buildings. 

The windows provide unique insight into Chicago's cultural, ethnic and artistic history. The time period they represent, 1870 to the present, was an era of intense urban revision that featured the development, decline and revitalization of neighborhoods, the development of commercial and cultural institutions, the evolution of artistic styles and the response of various ethnic groups to these changes. The religious windows reveal the national and ethnic styles of Chicago's European immigrants, while the residential windows display the history of architecture and decorative art styles. 

Why We Go: With 150 stunning stained glass window exhibits, the Smith Museum of Stained Glass is a great place to spend an afternoon. The Navy Pier museum features artwork from local, national, and international artists, including several pieces of Tiffany stained glass dating as far back as 1890.

  • Local History: Many of the stained glass windows on display at Smith Museum of Stained Glass were once installed in the Chicago area. The scenes depict early Chicago life, and the lifestyle of the many European immigrants that settled in the Windy City.
  • Great Location: The Smith Museum Chicago is located inside popular Navy Pier, an attraction that has a great selection of Chicago restaurants and other activities.

Inside Knowledge: If you're going to be in Chicago on a Thursday afternoon, stop by the Smith Museum Navy Pier Chicago for a free museum tour. The museum's curator gives guided tours that highlight the gems of the museum's collection, and gives a little insider information about each of the pieces. It's a great way to learn more about these unique works of art. 

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Get Close to the Art: The Smith Museum Chicago is a museum unlike any other. Visitors are invited to get up close to the artwork, and study the intricate patterns and details that make them so unique. The priceless collection is protected by a bullet-proof window, so there's no risk of damaging them.
  • Do Bring a Snack: You don't have to finish your ice cream at the door. Eating is allowed at the Smith Museum Navy Pier Chicago.
  • Don't Pay a Thing: Unlike many Chicago museums, admission to the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Nay Pier is free.
  • Don't Forget to Watch the Video: The Smith Museum Chicago has an informative and educational video about the history and the making of stained glass windows.  

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Tour Review : Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier


Joey McCoy

Joined: August 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.65
Location:
3
Information:
4
Fun Factor:
4

Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 9/11

Went with:

The tour was:

Stained Glass Museum Chicago - Worth Some of Your Time

This place was surprisingly really cool. I just happened to be walking down Navy Pier and I had never check this place out before. Since it’s free, I went in and was so impressed by how detailed and beautiful some of the stained glass windows were. It’s at the very end of Navy Pier and tucked away indoors far enough from all the tourists and children. It was practically empty when I went, kind of a secret gem if you ask me. It doesn’t take very long to walk through and it’s completely free, so it’s definitely worth your time if you happen to be on Navy Pier.