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Small and plain on the outside, but incredibly scrappy within, this University of Chicago museum has an impressive array of items that span 5,000 years of humanity. That’s the same as the Art Institute, if you’re keeping score. The permanent collection draws from four categories: Asian art, contemporary art, European art, and modern art and design, and includes paintings, sculpture, furnishings, and even silver. It’s worth dropping in if you’re in the area, but I wouldn’t recommend commuting to Hyde Park just for the museum, unless there is a special exhibit that catches your eye—and there well could be; in the recent past, exhibits have a ranged from political and sociological commentary to an exploration of opera in Chinese visual culture. Allow 1 hour.