The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows is a permanent exhibition which opened in February 2000 at Chicago’s Navy Pier entertainment complex. It is the first American museum dedicated solely to the art of stained glass windows.
The museum is located along a strip of shops, theatres, and restaurants, and admission is free. Most of the windows in the museum are illuminated with artificial light to highlight the colors and intricate details. Since each piece is protected by a layer of bulletproof glass, patrons are encouraged to come close to the works and even bring food into the galleries. Curator Rolf Achilles says, “It’s one of the very few museums in the World you can stroll through eating an ice cream cone right in front of the art. We don’t keep people away ” .