Free public gallery talks are offered every day the museum is open. Attendance at these gallery talks is open to all visitors and does not require advanced registration.
Highlights Highlights tours are designed to introduce the first-time visitor or infrequent visitor to the collections of the Art Institute through some of our most remarkable masterworks. These tours are led by volunteer adult tour docents.
Highlights of the Modern Wing These highlights tours introduce the first-time or infrequent visitor to the modern and contemporary collections of the Art Institute with works located in the Renzo Piano-designed galleries of the Modern Wing. These tours are led by volunteer adult tour docents.
Thematic Tours Museum Education lecturers select specific works from the collections for closer examination, comparing works across media, or focusing on a single work to engage museum visitors more intimately with the history, cultural context, and impact of chosen work(s).
Exhibition Overviews Exhibition overviews provide the visitor with an introduction to the exhibition and insights into an artist’s (or artists') life and work, as well as to the conceptualization and implementation of the exhibition itself. Overviews are led by Museum Education staff as well as oftentimes the exhibition curator.