The two bronze lions that flank the Michigan Avenue entrance were made for the Art Institute's opening at its current location in 1893. They were a gift from Mrs. Henry Field. They have unofficial "names," given to them by their sculptor, Edward Kemeys, that are more like designations. You'll notice that the lions are not identical and thus are named for their poses: The south lion "stands in an attitude of defiance," while the north lion is "on the prowl."
Is the museum closed on holidays?
The museum is closed only three days a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Where can I park?
The Art Institute does not have a parking lot, but many underground lots are located just blocks away. Members at the Member Plus level and above receive a $5 discount on parking at any of the nearby Millennium Garages.
Can we exchange links?
The Art Institute welcomes you to provide a link to its site, providing you adhere to the link-exchange policy.
How do I find a staff member’s contact information?
The Art Institute is an active lending institution and is additionally always trying to improve the experience of visitors. For the most up-to-date information about gallery closures and significant works of art that may not be on view, please check our Collection Updates page.
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