The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) is a museum where combination of art and culture are depicted with touch of religious beliefs. It was founded on 2005 by the Loyola University Chicago - Water Tower Campus. Today, the museum is being housed to the Gothic Revival building in 1926 located in the Lewis Towers along the Magnificent Mile.
The 25,000 square feet area of the museum is home to eight main galleries. Also, there is a lecture hall inside the museum named under the names of William G. and Marilyn M. Simpson. The Solomon Cordwell Buenz Library of Sacred Art and Architecture is also present inside. Other establishments also housed by the museum are The Museum Store, Push Pin Gallery, and Paper Gallery.
The most famous LUMA collection is the Martin D?Arcy collection which is comprised of arts from different era like Renaissance, Middle Ages, and Baroque. It became a permanent collection when it was first opened in 2007. It is considered as the finest collection of Chicago, recounting the history, religious traits and culture of the Midwest.
There are also art works of Mary Abbot, Martin Johnson Heade, Joan Mitchell, and Steve Jablonski in the galleries. The museum also homes national and international travelling exhibitions, specifically exhibits highlighting the combination of culture and religious beliefs.
Except for Mondays and declared public holidays, the museum is open starting Tuesdays from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. and Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
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