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Mary and Leigh Block Museum

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Address: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL 60208-0883
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+1 847-491-4000
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10:00 - 20:00
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Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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Permanent collection is a rich selection of more than 4,000 prints,...

Permanent collection is a rich selection of more than 4,000 prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture and mixed media dating from the 13th century to present day.

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The Block Museum is pretty much perfect in my experience. Not too big, not too small. Not too academic, not untested by time. Not undiverse, not beyond including established... read more

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Evanston, Illinois
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Evanston, Illinois
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Block Museum is pretty much perfect in my experience. Not too big, not too small. Not too academic, not untested by time. Not undiverse, not beyond including established artists. Many of their shows have opened my eyes To new perspectives externally or in my view. Almost all make me reflect & are well worth my time. The themes are... More 

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Blockmus, Public Relations Manager at Mary and Leigh Block Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for joining us. Its lovely to hear that what we are doing resonates and that some of it even hits the mark as "just right!" More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

THis is a free museum on the Northwestern University campus. THe building looks big, but it actually only has 3 exhibit rooms. All the shows rotate and they are all creative and engaging. There is a coatroom and bathroom facilities. There is a nice view from the top of the stairs.

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Evanston, Illinois
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Always welcoming and knowledgeable help on arrival (what else would you expect of employees who are students of Northwestern)? Don't pass this place up! Take time to experience as well as educate yourself to their exhibits; it's worth your time.

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Blockmus, Public Relations Manager at Mary and Leigh Block Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for joining us (and the best Visitor's Services staff we know!) More 

Evanston, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

We often pass this museum on walks near Northwestern. Stopped in yesterday; between shows, but had a fascinating collection of image and video by Algerian artist Kader Attia, "Reflecting Memory". Explored impact of colonialism and terrorism, using metaphor of lost limb pain, and with a lot of footage of those afflicted with this condition. Might not be there if you... More 

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Blockmus, Public Relations Manager at Mary and Leigh Block Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in! We're so glad to be just off the lakeshore walking path. As the shows change regularly we hope you will join us again to catch what's next. More 

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Reviewed 17 January 2017

The Block museum on the Northwestern University campus has a few well curated exhibits every year, ranging from Avant-Garde paintings to collage and sculptural work to historical photo exhibitions featuring artists , dead and alive, from across the globe. One never knows what to expect next, but it is always an interesting multimedia experience that can be viewed in 1... More 

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Thank you so much for joining us! More 

Wilmette, Illinois
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

The Block is one of those little gems that took us years to find but now we go often. They always have interesting exhibits of artists and movements not found anywhere else. My favorite is the annual MFA Thesis Show--it will give your art brain something to chew on for a few weeks...months.

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Blockmus, Public Relations Manager at Mary and Leigh Block Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much! We are so glad you are able to join us to think through large ideas in our small space! With three galleries of always-changing exhibitions, we are thrilled to be able to take on new artists and new challenges every season. We can't wait to share what 2017 has in store. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

A museum worth a few minutes. Changing shows so most of what you would go for will evolve. We enjoyed our time there.

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Blockmus, Public Relations Manager at Mary and Leigh Block Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for stopping in! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Really interesting Iranian poster and Chinese photographer exhibits. Near the new visitor center and the beautiful campus. Well worth the trip if you are near Evanston.

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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Great free museum on the lovely Northwestern University campus. Beautifully curated and intelligent, with an eclectic mix of exhibits.

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Blockmus, Public Relations Manager at Mary and Leigh Block Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for joining us! We are so proud to be the community's free museum and are thrilled you were able to visit for our Fall shows. More 

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Our dear friend had curated this exhibit and we were very anxious to see her work. The museum was very nice & the staff was friendly and helpful. Definitely something to see.

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