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The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art is the fine arts museum of Northwestern University and Chicago’s North Shore. It serves the academic and cultural needs of the University and community through: 

  • Thought-provoking exhibitions
  • Rich and diverse permanent collection
  • Original scholarship
  • Dynamic educational and cultural programs
  • Classical and contemporary film screenings at Block Cinema

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Mission Statement

The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art enriches teaching and learning on the campuses of Northwestern University and in the communities of their surrounding regions by: 

Presenting art across time, cultures, and media;

Convening interdisciplinary discussions in which art is a springboard for exploring issues and ideas; 

Collecting art that supports the Northwestern University curriculum.

Vision Statement 

To be a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative teaching and learning resource at Northwestern University through an artistic program that is a springboard for thought-provoking discussions relevant to the curriculum and to our lives today.

To inspire and develop a new generation of artists, scholars, and arts professionals by providing experiential learning opportunities bridging the classroom and the world beyond the campus.

To serve as a crossroad between campus and community, by creating an environment where all visitors feel welcome to participate.

AAM Accreditation

AAM sealThe Block Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Accreditation recognizes high standards and ensures that museums uphold their public trust. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for more than 35 years, AAM’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability.