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Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

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The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Window was opened to the public on February 2000. This is situated near the Chicago Navy Pier. This museum is the very first museum that was dedicated to the importance of Stained Glass Window. The building was named after Chicago’s prominent collectors and Maureen Smith. The museum holds a total of 150 individually made pieces that are permanently displayed inside the museum’s gallery. The collection may vary from contemporary to modern. This may also contain some Victorian and Prairie collections. Majority of the museum’s collection came from its neighboring buildings that donated some of the exhibits inside the museum.

The collections are from various artists that live in the Chicago area who represent their art in the museum’s gallery. The collection consists of religious and secular works which include the stained glass portrait of the famous basketball icon Michael Jordan and the window that was created from using glass bottles. The permanent gallery is particularly devoted to the creation of secular windows made by Louis Tiffany. This was the interrelated business that the artist had in the year 1890-1930. The window is from a businessman that collects all of Tiffany’s creation that was donated to the museum.

In total, there are 11 windows displayed in the museum that were made by Tiffany along with the artist Fire screen. The museum is located along the busy streets of Chicago that feature different shops as well as restaurants. The admission in the museum is free. The main attraction of the museum is the illumination of glass collection made by artificial lights. The colors that are presented by the lights give every glass its unique beauty and show its details as well. This is one of the must-see places in the area if you are planning to have a vacation in Chicago.


Sundays through Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Address/Map:  600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 595-5024
Website: Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows
Admission: Free