While resting in the Navy Pier entertainment complex, after coming from the wonderful architectural boat tour (Read: Chicago architectural boat tour), I saw many people walking inside the complex in one particular direction. It made me kind of curious seeing people walking somewhere away from the crowded pier and its ticket counters (which I thought was the only attraction there).
I decided to follow them and very soon, came across a beautiful painting made of glass. Colorful and beautifully lit. Bright and lovely.
I realized I was in a ‘Stained Glass Museum’ only after I had walked through the dimly lit ambiance of the place for couple of minutes or so and came across a board declaring its name, “Smith Museum of Stained Glass Museum”.
The Smith museum has four galleries namely, Victorian, Prairie, Modern, and Contemporary and has 150 pieces of glass paintings. To me, each one of them was a masterpiece. Be it one depicting a famous personality like Michael Jordan, be it one honoring the Inland Printer Technical School and its founder Henry Olendorf or be it a snapshot from the Bible.
Each of the paintings deserve their own time to be watched and their workmanship appreciated.
What I liked the most here was the feel of the place (of-course after the beautiful paintings themselves) the ambiance there, which was just perfect for witnessing the type of art that was being shown there.
The joyful brightness of the reds, the yellows and the greens coming out from the paintings hung on the wall, dimly lighting-up the area around them create an environment that makes you become oblivious of the outside world and get lost. However, as much crowded the place gets be assured to be brought back from your oblivion sooner than you would want to. I enjoyed every bit of being lost here for a good couple of hours or so after which I finally came out to the cacophony of the ‘tourists’ outside.
Have you been to the Smith’s museum? Or any other museum which you liked? Why not tell me a little bit about it 🙂